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Roast Opossum

1 Young possum
2 ts Salt
4 lg Red chili peppers; seeded, chopped
1 lg Onion; chopped
6 Peppercorns crushed in a mortar
8 Strips fatty bacon
6 md Sweet potatoes or 4 lg. yams; peeled and sliced 1\2 inch thick

Put possum in lg. kettle with water to cover. Add salt, red peppers, and peppercorns. Simmer for 30 min. Drain meat; reserve liquid. Put meat in a roasting pan. cover with bacon strips. Continue cooking kettle liquid, boiling over high heat until 2 1/2 cups remain. Pour this over the meat and roast in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 min. , basting every 10 min. Arrange potatoes or yams around the meat and continue to roast 30 min. more or until meat is tender and potatoes or yams are done


SERVE WITH: cooked turnip greens

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