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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

SERVES: 4-6

SERVE WITH: cooked turnip greens




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