Skip to main content

Cast-Iron Classic: Pop's Dutch Oven Squirrel Recipe

Worth the effort and leftovers are 'out of this world'

Cast-Iron Classic: Pop's Dutch Oven Squirrel Recipe

Shutterstock image

Print Recipe

My father, now 81, has enjoyed making this incredible squirrel dish for as long as I can recall. It’s a bit time-consuming, but once you taste it you’ll realize it’s worth the effort. It’s easy, wonderful, and the next-day leftovers are out of this world.


  • 2 squirrels cut into five parts each: hindquarters, back and shoulders/legs
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Mushrooms (I prefer wild chanterelles or hen of the woods, but canned mushrooms work)
  • 1 large Walla Walla onion, peeled and cut into rings
  • 4 links of hot (or mild, if preferred) Italian sausage
  • Flour, salt, pepper, garlic and other spices to taste


  1. Dredge each squirrel piece in seasoned flour and brown in bacon grease. Set aside when complete.
  2. In a heavy Dutch oven, place a layer of diced tomatoes and onions.
  3. Next, arrange a layer of browned squirrel, followed by more tomatoes, onions and one or two hunks of Italian sausage.
  4. Continue this layering until all ingredients are gone, finishing with a thin layer of tomatoes and onions.
  5. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes.
  6. Serve over plain white rice.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Game & Fish Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now