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Gator Meat
Chef Walter shares tail-gating recipes

If the old tale about eating your enemies to gain power over them holds any weight, perhaps some gator recipes are in order.

Chef Walter Lambert, Food City spokesman, shared a few alligator meat recipes with farragutpress just in time for Tennessee’s football team plays No. 1 Florida in Gainesville.

“I personally have found that alligator can be tough and you will notice that both of these recipes braise it for a while to solve that problem,” he warned

The recipe for Alligator Etouffee is as follows:

1 lb alligator meat - cut in thin strips

1/2 lb butter (2 sticks)

1/2 cup green onions - chopped

1/4 cup parsley - chopped

2 garlic cloves - minced

4 celery stalks - chopped

1 28 oz can tomatoes

salt, cayenne and black pepper, to taste

“Saute the onions, garlic and celery in butter until soft,” Lambert said.

“Add tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes in a covered iron pot. Add alligator meat and allow to cook over low heat until tender, about one hour.

“If gravy is too thick, add a little hot water,” he added.

When it is ready to serve, stir in parsley and serve the alligator etouffee over rice.

Lambert’s next gator recipe was for “gator and shrimp jambalaya.”

For the recipe, you will need:

4 tablespoons oil

1 lb gator tail, cut into chunks

1 to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into chunks

1 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cans chicken stock

2 cups Uncle Ben’s Original rice

hot sauce to taste

salt and pepper to taste

“In a heavy, large pot, heat oil and add gator and chicken, cook on high, stirring until browned,” Lambert said.

“Add pepper, onion and celery and continue to cook, stirring until vegetables are wilted. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil.

“Cover and allow to simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in rice, cover and cook 25 minutes.

“Turn off and allow to stand five minutes before serving,” he added.

You can find gator meat at these Farragut retailers: Food City, Fresh Market, Ingles, Kroger Marketplace and The Shrimp Dock, as well as Earth Fare in Turkey Creek and Food City in Hardin Valley.

However, Lambert warned that his recipe sharing may be a jinx on the Vols.

“By the way, every time I’ve done one of these, we’ve lost,” he said.

Opening kickoff for UT versus Floriday is 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.


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