Everyone has the something-special type of recipe, the one that brings back a heavy wave of nostalgia and a little bit of that yearning for home.
Of course, those recipes are different for each one of us, but nevertheless, live on in our hearts as points of pride, points of sincerity, and above all, points of deliciousness. Which brings me to the introduction of one of my favorite cookbooks from when I was a wee tot: White Trash Cooking. One of my most favorite cookbooks in the world, it covers everything from kitchen sink tomato sammiches (yes, sammiches) to proper food for foot washings, baptisms, and funerals, to one of the recipes that lights up my life — Aunt Donna’s Roast Possum. Now before you say anything, I suggest you try the possum before you get all judgy up on a perfectly delightful recipe. I have even so politely included the recipe for you below.
Aunt Donna’s Roast Possum
For this recipe, you need one onion, one tablespoon of fat, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs… and don’t forget the possum! Mickler writes: “There’s only one thing to serve possum with — sweet potatoes. You only eat possum in the winter.” Of course.
“There’s white trash then there’s White Trash. Common white trash has very little in the way of pride… Where I come from in North Florida you never failed to say ‘yes ma’m’ or ‘no sir.’” (“White Trash Cooking”)
We all seem to have that one recipe that makes people jump, hoot, and holler, one that while it exists in a perfect divine place in our heads, may cause others to well… side-eye. So my little possum pockets: what are some of your favorite recipes that you are so happy to share with us on this Tuesday night? Tell us all your cooking secrets of recipes that go beyond the pale.