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Go nuts for these squirrel pies

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 10, 2012 in Food & Drink

Squirrel Pie © Rob GreigThere’s nothing quite like squirrel on the menu to drive people nuts. That’s grey squirrels, of course, which are a pest; you’re doing our native red squirrels a favour by potting some greys. These tasty little creatures have a rabbit-like flavour, but not a lot of meat on them, which makes them perfect for pies after slow-cooking for an hour or more. James Hughes Davies (below) of Little Jack Horner’s pie company has sold hundreds of squirrel pies since introducing this new line in the autumn of 2011. His stalls can be found at Marylebone, Parsons Green or Pimlico Farmers’ Markets on Sundays, and at Balham or Parliament Hill Farmers’ Markets on alternate Saturdays. The squirrel, red wine, prune and pearl barley pies are sold frozen, and need to be oven-baked; a single pie costs £6.50, but you get £1.50 back if you return the enamelware tin the next time. ‘It takes me about 25 squirrels to make 20 single and 20 double pies,’ James told us. ‘I get them from a mate who goes trapping in East Anglia’. It’s not the first time squirrels have been on the menu in London; everywhere from Butlers Wharf Chop House and St John restaurants have served them in the past, and in 2010 you could even buy them frozen from a local supermarket in Crouch End. Guy Dimond

For info, see ljhorners.com/our-pies.

Squirrel Pie Man

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