Christmas Possum in a Box

Ingredients: I four to five-pound possum, I shallow cardboard box with sides at least one inch high. 1 whole glove of garlic, 2 large yellow onions I head of celery, 3 large Russet potatoes, 2 slightly green tomatoes, I table-spoon of fresh ground pepper, I teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon red pepper, a quarter cup of soy sauce, 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Shut possum with light of load as possible. You don’t want to spend the day plucking out lead pellets. Before skinning animal makes sure he is dead and not playing like he is dead. My second cousin has spent most of his life with a half noise after making this mistake. Possums are smart little critters and they seem to get all fuzzy if you try to skin them alive.

When cleaning possum make sure to leave fat pockets under the legs intact. This makes for an excellent place to insert meat thermometer.

When animal has been properly cleaned lay him feet up on a clean counter and pat dry. The box can be set on a cookie sheet for more support. Do not place possum on direct metal or glass. This will virtually ruin the meal.

An excellent box for the possum can be a used pizza box. They normally have a greasy spot in the middle and that helps to keep the possum from sticking.

Take ¼ stick of the butter and melt it over low heat, next wipe the box both bottom as well as sides with the butter.

Now place the animal in the center of the box again feet up. If you like to cook the animal with his head still on turn it in a direction where he will not be staring at you when you check him in the oven.

Quarter potatoes, onions and then slice the celery long ways and lay over onions and potatoes. Crush the garlic but do not dice. Place garlic one-inch away but neatly surrounding the carcass. Next place the veggies over the garlic. Still making sure not to touch the rodent.

Next pour soy sauce over the veggies. Melt the balance of butter and pour it evenly over the veggies and garlic. Finally sprinkle the dry ingredients over this mixture; again make sure you do not allow any to be placed on the possum.

Lay a piece of tinfoil loosely over the possum making sure the veggie mixture is completely covered. Place possum in the box in center of middle rack in a preheated oven at 300 degrees and cook for 1 hour and forty-five minutes. When finished cooking check inter leg with a meat thermometer. The thermometer should read slight rare under the beef section. Do not over cook. This will cause the meal to taste dried out.

If the meat is ready remove the tinfoil and cut oven on broil until the possum is golden brow.

Remove the box and set on counter and allow to rest for fifteen minutes.

Remove possum and place in an airtight bag. Gently throw it in the trash and then slice box up as you would a frozen pizza and serve warm. A nice Port is advised to go with the meal. If none is available a cheap white muscadine will do just a swell.

Merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful possum in the box this Christmas for your Holiday family meal.
Bubba Jones

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