Alligator Sauce Piquante

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Alligator Sauce Piquante

Alligator Sauce Piquante

Fried strips of alligator meat topped with a sauce of onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne, tomatoes, chicken stock, Worcestershire, and pepper sauce.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: alligator meat, celery, cooked rice, green bell peppers, plum tomatoes, yellow onions
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onions chopped
  • 3/4 cup green bell peppers chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour bleached
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour bleached
  • 4 cups plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Emeril’s Red Pepper Sauce or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds alligator meat cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped green and white parts
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley chopped fresh
  • 3 cups Rice cooked; hot

Instructions

  • Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in large heavy nonstick pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne, and bay leaves.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of the flour and cook, stirring, to cook the flour without browning, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, Worcestershire, and pepper sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Place several pieces of alligator meat at a time on a work surface covered with plastic wrap. Cover the meat with plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2-inch strips.
  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup flour and the Essence in a medium bowl. Dredge the alligator pieces in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meat and fry until golden brown, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to a platter. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet and repeat with the remaining alligator.
  • Add the meat to the sauce. Increase the heat under the sauce to medium-high and bring to a gentle rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender, about 2 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  • To serve, spoon the rice into soup bowls, top with the meat and sauce, and garnish with the green onions and parsley.
  • Yield: 6 servings

Notes

Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Alligator Sauce Piquante
Serving Size
 
0.5 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
936
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Cholesterol
 
4
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
826
mg
36
%
Potassium
 
910
mg
26
%
Carbohydrates
 
107
g
36
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
67
g
134
%
Vitamin A
 
1153
mcg
128
%
Vitamin C
 
39
mg
47
%
Calcium
 
116
mg
12
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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