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Southern Cuisine: Roadkill Stew

Updated on January 29, 2013
Is this the main ingredient?
Is this the main ingredient?

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Note: No animals were harmed in the making of this hub. The opossum pictured is not dead - it's "playing possum."

Several years ago, we had a big party at our house, which was not at all unusual. My husband and I used to entertain a lot when I was in better health, and it seemed that I was always making party food of some sort. These were almost always very informal, casual events. They might have taken the form of a low country boil, an oyster roast, a fish fry, a barbecue, a luau, or just a get-together. Typically, just about every guest would bring a dish of some sort. This is usually how things work in the South. Regular guests either ask what you’d like them to bring, or they just bring a favorite dish to the party of their own choosing. This may very well be the custom in other parts of the country or even in the world, but I can’t speak for those. I’ve never lived anywhere else but in the Deep South.

Anyway, back to the story at hand. For this particular party, our wild and crazy friend Jim brought in a crock pot and plugged it up. It was a warm cheesy concoction that we ate on tortilla chips. Everyone enjoyed it, and when someone asked what it was, Jim replied, “Ro-tell dip.”

Someone overheard this reply but misunderstood it. Actually, if memory serves, that person was Randy Godwin, a fellow hubber. He thought Jim had said “roadkill dip” and thought it was made from possum or armadillo that had met its end on some Southern highway. If you had known Jim, who’s no longer with us, you would realize that this wasn’t such a far-fetched idea. He was apt to do anything!

The name, of course, stuck. We tweaked the roadkill dip into a thicker, meatier dish that we call “roadkill stew.” It’s really good! Here’s the recipe:

Roadkill Stew

What you’ll need:

One pound Velveeta cheese

One can Ro-tell tomatoes and peppers

One pound spicy bulk sausage OR ground beef

½ cup diced onions

½ cup chopped jalapenos

One teaspoon minced garlic

Directions:

Cut the Velveeta into cubes and add the Ro-tell.

Fry the sausage or beef, along with the onions, jalapenos, and garlic. Crumble and drain on paper towels.

Microwave the cheese and Ro-tell on high for about one minute. Stir. Return to microwave until completely smooth and melted. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

If you’re serving this at a party, you might want to make it in a crock pot, on low. Then it can stay warm and melted for hours – if it lasts that long!

To get more great Southern, soul food, and heirloom recipes, click on the Kickin' Chicken article. You'll find lots of links for more!

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      No, Sandy, I don't think possum would be a tasty addition!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I'm glad that opossum was not part of that stew. Looks like a simple recipe to try.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, ateenyi!

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      ateenyi 

      11 years ago from Chicago

      Good Hub!!!!!

      The recipe suggested in the hub is great. The ingredient suggested to prepare the dish makes the whole dish thoroughly delicious. Fry the sausage or beef, along with the onions, jalapenos, and garlic. Crumble and drain on paper towels. Thanks for sharing so nice information.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Sis, Jim was the funniest man I've ever known!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Spring, you read my mind. I posted a squirrel hub today!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Maita. Jim was great!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Gotcha, Mel! lol

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      Angela Blair 

      11 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub and super recipe -- gonna try it! Your friend Jim sounds like he was a real hoot -- gosh, how we miss folks like that. Best, Sis

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      Springboard 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      lol Habee. I'll be looking for those. Incidentally, my grandfather used to get squirrels from someone, I can't remember who though. But I remember getting some ice once and I saw this very strange shaped piece of frozen meat, and when I pulled it out it clearly looked like a little rodent of sorts. He told me it was a squirrel. Never eaten one though. My grandfather said they were good, so I guess I'll have to take him at his word.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      11 years ago from US

      Hmmm Jim seems to be a nice person, and now I know what's in it -- roadkill LOL, it seems yummy habee, Maita

    • mel22 profile image

      mel22 

      11 years ago from ,

      WHEEEWWWW , what a releif, I couldn't read another possum stew recipe without feeling queazy, Thanks 4 the laugh as always !

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      I could eat some right now, Veronica!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nancy, for stopping by!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds yummy! Thanks for another great recipe.

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      nancy_30 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      This was a good read Habee. Thanks for the recipe.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Nah, HH. If that was the case, I'd go out and shoot my own critters instead of waiting for a car to do it for me!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Lucky squirrels and coons! Stay tuned, Springboard - my ex loved both squirrel and coon, and I'm thinking of posting the recipes!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Ehern! I'm thinking of posting a few more game recipes, but none contain road kill!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, Lynne. We got all kind of critters around here!

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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      Oh, habee, what are up to next? And I hope you are not driving up and down the highway until you found a meal or make sure you will have a meal hahaha Thanks for your hub.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Randy, Johnny and I miss Jim, too. He was truly one in a million! I think I'll write some of his stories here on HP, but they won't be nearly as good!

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      Springboard 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      I thought for sure before I stepped in here that I was going to soon be prowling the park across the street from my house for a wandering critter or two. Luckily it was Ro-tell and not roadkill after all.

      The squirrels and coons can breathe a sigh of relief...for now. ;)

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      ehern33 

      11 years ago

      At first when I read the title, I said Habee has gone over the edge now. It's time to call the white coats. But you cleared that up really quick so thanks. I can still hold my view of you way up there.. LOL I have actually had this recipe at a neighbors house a few months ago while watch a main even fight on pay per view. It didn't last long either.

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      lynnechandler 

      11 years ago

      Hehe...I can see where this happened. It is a common joke around here. Only we have deer, snakes, opossums, armadillos, turtles you name it as I'm sure you do too.

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      Randy Godwin 

      11 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Damn I miss Jim! He could tell TRUE funny stories for hours! I wish I had read your recipe before making it though. You're supposed to use sausage?

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sheila! It's also fun to eat! lol

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      sheila b. 

      11 years ago

      I knew from the title this would be fun to read!

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