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Mama Leila's Hand Me Down Oven Baked Possum

White Trash Cooking, Earnest Mickler


  • 1 possum
  • salt and pepper
  • vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • bacon fat
  • 2 onion chopped
  • sweet potatoes


  1. After you harvest the possum, be careful not to let him get away. While you're talking and planning how you are going to eat him, he's going to be slipping right from under your nose. All he was doing was playing possum.
  2. Skin and clean him, before he goes another foot, so he won't get away. When you get him home, rub salt and pepper all over his body, then run a mixture of vinegar and brown sugar over the salt and pepper. Wrap up the possum in a good baking pan and let it stand in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next morning, put the pan with the possum still in it (hopefull y)on top of the stove. Add 2 or 3 spoons of bacon fat and sear him on all sides. Then add chopped onion. Put in oven and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

  4. Pull him out and roll him over, and now you can add your sweet potatoes (just surround him with 'em). Put back in oven and bake for another 1 1/2 hours or until he is tender and juicy.

Recipe Notes

Tip from Mama Leila: "Possum is tender and mild regardless of what other people might think, you just have to watch 'em cause they'll slip away."