2 Beaver tails
1/4 ts Pepper
1/2 c Vinegar
1/4 c Butter
1 tb Salt
1/4 c Sherry or cooking wine
2 ts Soda
1 ts Dry mustard
1/4 c Flour
1 ts Sugar
1/2 ts Salt
1 tb Worcestershire sauce
Skin beaver tails, clean thoroughly and wash well in a solution of salt
water. Let soak overnight in cold water to cover, adding 1/2 cup vinegar and
1 tablespoon salt to water.
The next day, remove from the brine, wash, then cover with solution of 2
teasoons soda to 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10
Dredge beaver tails in seasoned flour.
Melt butter in heavy fry pan and saute tails at low heat until tender.
Mix wine with mustard, sugar, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce.
Add to beaver tails and simmer gently for 10 minutes, basting frequently.
From "Northern Cookbook" edited by Eleanor A. Ellis, Indian Affairs and
Northern Development, Ottawa 1973.
A note received from Jimm Gordon:
Born and raised in the Big Belt Mountains of Montana, every winter fried
beavertail was a culinary treat that would grace our table on a weekly
basis. I was tickled to see a recipe for it in your bizarre foods section,
but noted one area of the recipe that I thought needed clarification. One
does not, in the usual fashion, "skin" a beavertail. The thick, scaley hide
adheres too tightly to the gristly flesh for that to be a good option.
Oldtime beaver eaters had a little trick that made getting the hide off a
Stick a barbecue fork into the "meat" end of the beavertail, then "toast" it
like a marshmallow over the woodstove or electric burner or other heat
source. As it toasts, the hide puffs away from the meat like a slowly
expanding balloon. After a few minutes you can strip it away and trim the
edge, leaving you with a nice filet of greasy pink/white meat for your
The smell is not charming, but it's not as bad as some things. And the taste
(and saved work) is worth it. Just thought I would share that tip.
Typos by Bert Christensen