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Cuisine: The Versatile Gopher

The gopher should be as fresh as possible, incisors brushed and a happy face displayed. THE RECIPE
Broiled Gopher

Clean the gopher as soon as possible and then rub with salt and pepper. Brush with fat and garnish with zucchini blossoms and rosemary. Broil on High for 20 minutes , basting with the drippings every 5 minutes. Serve with Cameron ’95 Reserve Chardonnay.

Long derided as a mere garden pest, the friendly gopher is now poised to take its rightful place in creative kitchens. Among selected cultures, particularly in Appalachia and the Ozarks, the local epicures have long put the gopher on par with many other indulgent dishes…fried squirrels, roast possum and gator tail, to name but a few.

The complex flavors of gophers are released by using different cooking techniques. The more you work with them, the more character you’ll find they add to your kitchen creations. A gopher served as an entree to those special guests is certain to gain you the attention you crave and richly deserve.
Garnishing with rosemary and zucchini flowers is a serving suggestion. A small, ripe tomato inserted into the mouth adds a festive note to this sumptuous dish.

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