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Thursday, June 26, 2008

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em

posted by on June 26 at 15:55 PM

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Worried about the invasion of the “swamp rats”?

Afraid of the dreaded “nutria itch” (aka, the “creeping eruption”!)?

I’ve got your solution right here:

ENOLA’S SMOTHERED NUTRIA

Makes 4 Servings

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-3 pound nutria, cut in serving pieces
2 tablespoons Enola’s Secret Seasoning + 2 teaspoons
2 cups finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt (opt.)
3 3/4 cups chicken stock or broth


In a heavy 5-quart pot on high heat, add oil, heat until very hot. Sprinkle seasoning on meat; stir well. Add meat to pot, brown on all sides. Cook and stir 10 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and flour, cook and stir 10 minutes. Add salt and chicken stock to pot cook and stir occasionally, (about 15 minutes) scraping the bottom of pot to remove all the goodness. Serve over hot cooked rice, pasta or cream potatoes.

Mmm. Tasty swamp rat “goodness.”

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1

I used to work in Overlake near the the Skate King about 15 years ago and there were Nutria everywhere there was water. Weird how all of a sudden they are in vogue.

Posted by elswinger | June 26, 2008 4:09 PM
2

I would love rats if it weren't for their hideous tails.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 26, 2008 4:10 PM
3

I would recommend grinding up the hind-legs and adding a little beef fat to make nutria burgers. They're actually really good, a dude from rural Louisiana (Plaquemines Parish) made them for me once.

Posted by Hosono | June 26, 2008 4:21 PM
4

And, they are nutritious.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | June 26, 2008 4:40 PM
5

bet this family could use some tasty nutria since it was sent by god

www.duggarfamily.com


Posted by benxer | June 26, 2008 4:43 PM
6

I used to bullseye wamp rats in my T-16 back home, and they're not much bigger than 2 meters.

Posted by Luke | June 26, 2008 4:43 PM
7

i've been wondering what i'd eat when gas is $7/gallon. glad to know it won't just be possum & eastern gray squirrel.

Posted by max solomon | June 26, 2008 4:47 PM
8

Pleez! You are makeeng the nutria cause the heart attacks!!

Louisiana Nutria Recipe
Chef Philippe Parola Commandeur des Cordon Bleu de France
Chef Parola Enterprises: Jackson, LA www.chef-parola.com
[now http://www.chefphilippe.com/ -webmaster]

Heart Healthy "Crock-Pot" Nutria

2 hind saddle portions of nutria meat
1 tomato, cut in big wedges
2 carrots, sliced thin
1/2 cup white wine
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 cup demi glace (optional)
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 potatoes, sliced thin
Brussel sprouts
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Layer onion, tomato, potatoes, carrots and Brussel sprouts in crock pot. Season nutria with salt, pepper and garlic to taste and place nutria over vegetables. Add wine and water, set crock pot on low and let cook until meat is tender. Cook for approximately 4 to 6 hours. Garnish with vegetables and demi glace (4 servings).

Posted by Chef Philippe Parola Commandeur des Cordon Bleu de France | June 26, 2008 4:59 PM
9

i grew up here, and can attest that nutria are quite tasty and their fur (yes i was a trapper in my youth) is quite good, and still popular in europe. a scoped .22 caliber rifle is all that's needed to harvest these giant rodents.

Posted by playswithknives | June 26, 2008 5:53 PM
10

I've got to side with Vincent Vega on this one.

Posted by KCip | June 26, 2008 7:12 PM
11

I have a better plan: create a Nutria/Poodle hybrid in a lab & charge $1000 bucks each. Introducing the POOTRIA.

Posted by Polka Lips Now! | June 27, 2008 9:28 AM
12

YOU TREAD ON DANGEROUS GROUND, MR. BRENDAN KILEY. WHILE WE HARBOR NO SYMPATHY FOR THE HEATHEN NUTRIA TRAITORS, WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING...FROM THE TREES...

Posted by Squirrel Liberation Front | June 27, 2008 9:47 AM

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