The other day, our friend Jesten posted this:
And of course we asked if we could eat it. Though most of our friends said “free the snake,” Jesten killed, gutted, and cleaned it out. He has a small dog that the snake would have eaten, so its probably for the best. He brought it over today. Tendency found this recipe, so we decided to give it a try: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/ei70g2g0/southern-fried-rattlesnake.html
The snake felt like a wet, stiff version of those wooden toy snakes. It was exceptionally difficult to cut- we tried almost every knife in the house. Dona set to work sectioning it into pieces once we figured out which knife to use, and I modified the recipe to keto/paleo.
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Water
Salt and Pepper
1 cup Almond Flour
Cut your cleaned snake into pieces. In one bowl, whisk egg, cream, and water. In another, mix your almond flour, garlic, seasoning, and salt+pepper. Dredge your snake through the dry mix, then dip it into the egg mix. Fry your snake and set it onto a rack.
We didn’t have a deep fryer, so we cooked ours in 1in of canola oil until about golden brown, but we probably overcooked it. Our snake was chewy, but was still very moist under the breading, and we’ve heard it’s supposed to be flakier. Everyone in the group agreed that it reminded them of frog. It’s very very bony. I deboned a bunch of it and fed it to my domestic cat who’s never hunted in her life, and she absolutely LOVED it.