"" Writer's Wanderings: Alligator For Dinner

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Alligator For Dinner

Yes, you read that right. Alligator. It is raised as a food product in Florida and available at many local restaurants. We had some alligator tidbits--kind of like chicken nuggets--at one restaurant we went to. Our grandkids wanted to try it. Our three year old granddaughter really liked it. I didn't think they had much taste apart from the spices used to enhance the flavor.

Alligator is a lean meat, low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein. Tail meat is said to be the choicest cut and is a mild flavored white meat with a texture similar to veal.

At a fish market where we bought some snapper to make the Sundowners Poached Fish (poached in coconut milk-really good!!), I happened to see a rack of pamphlets with recipes for various seafood and one was dedicated to the alligator. So, if you are ever able to pick up a pound of alligator, here's a recipe for you.

Grilled Gator Kabobs

1/2 cup Florida orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup Florida orange juice
2 Tbsps light soy sauce
2 Tbsps brown sugar
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 pound Florida alligator meat cut into 1 inch cubes
Assorted Florida vegetables or fruit, cubed

For the marinade, combine orange concentrate, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and spices in a medium glass bowl. Reserve half for basting. Add alligator cubes and stir to coat well. Marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator for increased flavor.

Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes to prevent them from burning.
Thread marinated alligator cubes onto skewers alternating with vegetables and/or fruit.

Heat grill to high heat and grill kabobs for 6-8 minutes; turn once. Brush with extra marinade for first five minutes. Discard any leftover marinade.

4 servings

Okay, so if you can't get alligator, the recipe works with chicken, veal or pork as well.


Caroline said...

Wow. We've tried a lot of meats, but never Alligator--yet! lol. Someday, maybe.


Amrita said...

Wow this is really exotic.

The strangest meat I have every eaten is rabbit and crab.

I wouldn 't mind trying a wee bit of gator cooked FL style. In my country its prohibited to kill them tho.

Wandering Writer said...

Amrita, In Florida they have alligator farms where they are raised just for food. Those out in the wild are not killed.

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