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Southern Cuisine: Baked Possum with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Updated on January 29, 2013

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Baked opposum is a popular soul food here in the South. I’ve never eaten possum, but my ex-husband liked it baked, with sweet potatoes and apples. The biggest problem with possums is that you don’t know what they’ve been eating when you kill one. They’re notorious scavengers, and you can often see them scurrying away from underneath a dead and rotting cow. So ideally, it’s best to trap your own possum alive and pen it up for a month. Feed it corn, and make sure it has plenty of clean water at all times.

When you’re ready to cook your possum, kill it as quickly and as humanely as possible. A shot through the head with a .22 rifle will accomplish this task nicely. Skin the possum, and remove the innards, the head, the feet, and the tail.

Rinse the possum several times in cool running water. Rub the outside and the inside cavity with salt and allow it to sit in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Another problem with possums is their high fat content. If you’ll parboil the possum in salt water for about 20 minutes, some of the fat will float to the top. Also, this will help tenderize a larger possum. After this step, your possum is ready to bake.

Baked possum with sweet potatoes and apples

What you’ll need:

One cleaned, parboiled possum

Salt, black pepper, onion powder, and sage

5 tart pie apples

One can chicken broth

4-6 sweet potatoes, peeled


Pat possum dry with paper towels. Rub seasonings into the flesh and into the cavity.

Slice one of the apples into wedges and place inside the cavity.

Place the possum in a roaster with a lid and pour the chicken broth over the meat. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Remove possum from oven and drain off liquid. Place the taters and the remaining apples around the possum and bake, covered, for another hour. For the last fifteen minutes of cooking, remove the lid so the possum can brown.


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    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I've never eaten possum, but my ex liked it!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I really enjoyed reading about this disgusting sounding dish. i think I would have to be absolutely starving before even considering it!! This is one of those times when I'm glad that I live in Wales. Mind you many here do eat squirrels. I am not guilty I must hasten to add. I have only just found you on here and i can't wait to read more. You have one more to add to your many fans. Take care habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Mickey! I'll check out your hub!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Habee! I loved your recipe so much that I decided to try it. I made one substitution though. I was out of possum. However- on my way home a few days ago I ran over a tofurky. So I used what I had! Thanks for the recipe. Oh- by the way -I created a hub about possums and I linked this hub to it. I hope you don't mind. Thanks Habee. You take care!

      An Ode To Three Possums In The Middle Of The Road

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sis, I truly hope I never have to eat possum!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mel, I've never tasted possum. I'd have to be REALLY hungry! But some people love it!

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I've not tried this one -- and must admit it doesn't sound too good -- but then I've seen too many possums! Super Hub and enjoyed it. Best, Sis

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      mel22 7 years ago from ,

      R U kiding me ! Suppose it tastes like chicken, right ? Can't picture mysel even trying this but if it feeds ya , go with it ! What about the fur getting stuck in your teeth ! EEEWWWW! Funny hub even if it is true ! Hurry, get that .22 y'all!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, Eth, after a few days with no food, baked possum would start to look pretty darn good!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, want me to mail you some?? lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rkhy, I've seen too many of them run out from under a rotting cow!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Well, Veronica, you never know! Your mom might have slipped you some. lol!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yuk. Is it like eating a rat would be, I wonder? Still I bet if we were starving Yuk would change to yummy

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your hub but I don't think I will try it but who knows.

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      rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

      I've never had possum and, honestly, can't say I'll try it...they're just too darned ugly for me, I think!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I've never eaten possum - at least I don't think I have - but I would have never thought to pair it with apples and sweet potatoes.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Actually, Randy, you're exactly right about the chickens. In fact, I mention that very fact in my hub about barbecued coon. I disagree with you, however, about pigs. Pigs are only nasty because of man. We had some "free range" pigs years ago, and they were as clean as cows.

      BTW, my dad liked possum, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Michael, I've never tasted possum. It's too greasy for me! My ex liked it, though.

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      My dad talked about eating possum during "Hoover Days." They too would pen and feed it sweet taters for a while. He said it tasted good, but then again, he liked most everything edible.

      Raccoons sell for $25.00 around here and are much in demand by some folk.

      Disgusting? Not many creatures are even close to being as nasty as chickens or pigs!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Disgusting....Awesome & Funny Hub though....Have you ever had this Habee? I know people in the south eat this, people way back in the sticks....