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Old 12-29-2004, 11:30 AM
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I really enjoy my alligator....big time. I had it again last night. This time I marinated it in a honey garlic sauce for 24 hrs. then cooked it up in extra virgin olive oil w/ celery spice and garlic powder. It didn't disappoint me......but I feel I could do better.

So how are you cooking up your alligator?
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Old 12-29-2004, 12:33 PM
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I think the real question here is where do you
get alligator in Canada?? I've had it before when
I lived in Texas, and would like to be able to get
it here in Mass.
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Actually Southern Foods out of Greensboro has some pretty good alligator. I used to just pan fry it with some butter, garlic and a shot of worschester or soy sauce. I am going back on the ol diet again, anybody know the nutritional value (fat content) of alligator?
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cjsweeney,

All I know is the Misses orders it at fish store in Burlington, On. - we can get pretty much anything from them with a wait of two weeks. The gator is pricey at $17. 79 per lb. but IMO it is worth every penny.

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I would figure it's all that butter. I'd be surprised if it has more fat then a bug or crab?
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Shag,

I would figure it's all that butter. I'd be surprised if it has more fat then a bug or crab?


Kinda like going to McDonalds and ordering two big macs, a large fry, and a diet coke?
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From: http://sarasota.extension.ufl.edu/FC...e/Aligator.htm

Nutritional Value: When compared to other meats, farm raised alligator is low in fat and calories and high in protein. It is an excellent source of both niacin and the B12 vitamins and is a good source of potassium and phosphorus minerals. It is also low in sodium and cholesterol. Per 100 g meat, alligator contains 143 calories, 3% fat and 29% protein

Search Google for lots of recipies.
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:36 PM
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I had it last year at the sportsman's club game dinner. It was breaded and deep fried.
I had no idea how much it cost but at that price per pound I now feel that it was sinful to prep it like that.
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In the restaurant I used to own we served it like this:

Marinate the alligator medallions in Buttermilk for 24 hours (cut them like chicken tenders) Drain and pat dry.

Dust them with corn flour or a fish fry coating, sautee in oil until golden brown.

Sauces ranged from a vin blanc (white wine, heavy cream and shallots reduced by half) with diced tomatoes, chives or scallions.
a chunky salsa with some fresh fruit diced (mango, pineapple or peaches)

You can also marinate them as above and grill them, just keep them moving as they cook quickly. Serve this with the salsa as it is much more lo-cal than the cream based sauce.

Alligator is very low in fat, its just how you cook it that builds the saturated fat as well as how you sauce it.

Its available by mail order from several sources, D'Artagnan's in New York for one.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:37 AM
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I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes,
Heinz 57, and french-fried potatoes
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Garett,

Here is my favorite cajun recipe.

Alligator and Andouille Sauce Piquante Recipe

5 lb Alligator meat
Cajun seasoning
1/4 c Olive Oil -- +1 tsp.
1 1/4 lb Smoked andouille sausage -- diced
1 cn Tomato Sauce -- 10oz.
1 cn Rotel Tomatos
1/3 c Margarine
1/3 c Dark Roux
1/4 c Chicken Base
4 c Spanish Onion -- chopped
1 c Bell Pepper -- chopped
1 c Celery -- diced
1 ts Cayenne Pepper
2 tb Jalapeno Pepper -- diced
1 ts Sugar
2 tb Garlic -- chopped
3 c Fresh mushrooms -- sliced
2 qt Water
1/2 c Green Onion Bottoms -- chopped
1/2 c Parsley -- chopped
3 c Rice -- cooked
Mixture of cornstarch and water for thickening -- optional

Rub both sides of alligator meat with Cajun seasoning and cut into 1 inch by 1 inch pieces. If possible, allow to marinate overnight. Brown alligator in olive oil over high heat. Remove from pot. Sauté andouille in same oil for 5 minutes and remove from pot. Pour tomato sauce into pot with remaining oil. Stir sauce over high heat until it is very brown, burned. Keep stirring until a thick ball of paste forms. Add margarine, roux, chicken base, onions, bell pepper, celery, cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers and sugar. Sauté until onions are clear. Return alligator and andouille to pot. Add garlic, mushrooms Rotel Tomatos and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Cook for 1 hour, adding water as needed. Once alligator is tender, add green onions and parsley. Cornstarch mixture may be added to thicken gravy. Serve over hot cooked rice. Chicken, squirrel, rabbit, turtle or duck may be substituted for the alligator. Regular smoked sausage may be substituted for the andouille.

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Never had gator...sounds good..I need to try some. Eaten pretty much everything around here..even **** and opossum...I'll bet gator is better than ****!
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Chicken, squirrel, rabbit, turtle or duck may be substituted for the alligator.
or ****, possum, nutria rat, frog legs, armadillo...
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Sorry guys, I've been away for the holidays.

Shag - 12/29/2004 2:30 PM



Kinda like going to McDonalds and ordering two big macs, a large fry, and a diet coke?
Sometimes you've just got'ta have it that way.


stripa & skeeter2200,

Thanks; those recipes are now officially logged and will most definitely be tried - both sound great!

Greg Manning,

If you really like your crab and lobster, you'll love the gator. It's a nice "white" meat.

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cgrand - 12/31/2004 6:36 PM

Chicken, squirrel, rabbit, turtle or duck may be substituted for the alligator.
or ****, possum, nutria rat, frog legs, armadillo...
??? I'm confused by your comment? Are you saying that stripa's or skeeter2200's recipe is good for you list of eats as well? I must admit, I haven't tried "nutria rat or armadillo" yet; but I do have a pair of cowboy boots made out of armadillo.
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Old 01-04-2005, 04:26 PM
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You got it baby!
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:53 AM
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Sea Six,

Yup....plain and simple, nothing wrong with that - I just love my squid sandwiches. So are you frying the gator up in just butter?
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Garett:

Next thing you know, your going to be asking how do you cook a (Gieco Gecko)...
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cgrand - 12/31/2004 5:36 PM

Chicken, squirrel, rabbit, turtle or duck may be substituted for the alligator.
or ****, possum, nutria rat, frog legs, armadillo...
cgrand, you are right about the frog legs, They do make the best sauce piquante I have ever tasted.
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TB Hawks - 1/5/2005 5:24 AM

Garett:

Next thing you know, your going to be asking how do you cook a (Gieco Gecko)...
Why......do they taste good too - am I missing out?
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