Here at Crantock’s we are all for trying new pasty flavours, but one Cornish woman has gone the extra mile in creating unusual pasty fillings.
Keen baker Nicki Foley has cooked up the new pasty recipe using the meat from grey squirrel as a filling seasoned with with juniper berries and bacon.
The Cornish Food Box Company in Truro have started selling prepared squirrel meat, which is free-range and sustainable due to its healthy diet of nuts and berries, at £2.95 each.
Lucy Jones who runs The Cornish Food Box with her sister told the Daily Mail: “At a time when people are looking closely at food miles and ethics, Grey squirrel is the ultimate in environmentally sustainable meat.”
“Some people say they’re cute but if you’re willing to eat lamb then why not squirrel?”
This is not the first time a squirrel pasty has been created: Paul Parker who is the founder of the Red Squirrel Protection Partnership, which has caught over 22,000 grey squirrels, told The Guardian in 2009 that they are in high demand.
Personally I would take a traditional Cornish steak pasty any day.