Cardinal Casserole.

Cardinal CasseroleAnother snack for our feathered friends outside.  This one looked good enough to eat ourselves!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons dried milk
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, oats, and flour.
  • Add in the bacon grease and dried milk.
  • Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs.
  • Slowly pour in the water and mix well.
  • Add baking soda and mix together a final time.
  • Bake in the oven for an hour inside a 1 pound coffee can at 350.
  • After it has cooled, cut the “casserole” to fit into your suet feeder.
Notes:
  • I baked this in a standard size loaf pan.  When cooled, I was able to slice lengthwise once (down the middle between top and bottom) and then each of those halves in half again to make roughly suet-shaped pieces.
  • We noticed that the traditional “suet” birds weren’t really excited by this (although I can’t guarantee that it wasn’t just because it was something new).  However, the little birds (i.e. juncos) loved it, but were put off by the suet feeder.  We ended up crumbling a square of it on the ground under the big feeder and the little ones loved it.  They were diving in and snagging pieces left and right.  Great to watch!
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