Though November is commonly known for people getting fat on pumpkin spice lattes, it's also known for animals going out and getting fat for their winter hibernation. Coupled with deer mating season, November is the deadliest time for animal-related crashes. If you have to make the best of a bad situation, you might as well make it delicious.
(Note: please, for the love of all that is holy, do not go out and try to use your vehicle to run down some poor woodland creature so that you can have some lunch. I'd rather you just go to the supermarket, but real hunting exists, too. Mowing down a squirrel with your Civic does not count as "hunting." You will hurt the animal, you will hurt your car, and you will hurt yourself. I can't believe you were actually considering that. You monster.)
Now that our disclaimer is out of the way, we can get down to brass tacks. Hitting an animal is usually a horrible mess, and I don't recommend it you eat something that's been sitting on the side of the road. That being said, game animals tend to make just as delicious a dish as many other "traditional" foods, as long as you get them from a real purveyor, you know of its provenance, or you haven't been eating at the worst restaurant in the world.
Of all the non-cow, non-chicken animals, I'd have to say I really prefer rabbit, especially in braised form. It actually looks and tastes just like really juicy poultry, though I have been told that rabbits do not have wings or feathers. Imagine that.
So what do you think is the most delicious roadkill (game) dish? Let us know below in the comments!
The winner gets to make me dinner.
Photo of Venison chili credit: DC Central Kitchen