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Today’s Menu: Spicy Cajun Style Breaded Alligator Bites w/ Baked Fries and French Bread
For Breakfast this morning I fried up some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, heated up a couple of Jimmy Dean’s Turkey Sausage Links, toasted 1 slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, and had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Stayed in the 50’s overnight but rained most of the night into the day. Cloudy and rain on and off all day, but still in the 50’s but cold weather moving back in by tomorrow. Gave Mom a hand with the laundry and then it on to house cleaning. Later in the day I went through what Mom refers to as the “junk drawer”. Started going through it keeping some junk and pitching the rest. I’ll have to finish up tomorrow. So for Dinner tonight I’m using the Gator I purchased last week. Tonight its Spicy Cajun Style Breaded Alligator Bites w/ Baked Fries and French Bread.
I’m using Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat Spicy Cajun Style that I purchased online from Cajun Grocer. They have a great selection of anything Cajun you could want and more. They come Frozen and already Seasoned and Breaded.
To prepare them I pan fried the Nuggets. I used a medium size skillet, sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated it on medium heat. I checked the Oil and when it reached 350 degrees I added my Gator Nuggets. I fried them for 7 minutes turning them over after 4 minutes. They come out Golden Brown. Love the Gator Meat, as they say ”It tastes like Chicken!”. It really does but it’s has a light sweet taste to it like crab Meat. I served it with the absolutely best tasting Remoulade Sauce I have ever tasted, Louisiana Fish Fry Products Remoulade Dressing. Man oh man this stuff is incredible. It has that hint of Horseradish and just a tad of heat. Perfect for any Cajun Seafood or any Fish.
To go with my Gator I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries leftover so I prepared them to go with my Burger.Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. I also reheated a couple of slices of Pillsbury French Bread that I had baked yesterday. For Dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with some Smucker’s Sugar Free Hot Fudge Chocolate Topping.
Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat Spicy Cajun Style
Our farm raised alligator nuggets (a.k.a. alligator bites) are breaded or pre battered. Best prepared by deep frying. Enjoy!
1/2 pound alligator meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Louisiana Fish Fry batter, for coating
Cooking oil, for frying Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Serving suggestions: remoulade, creole mustard, or cocktail sauce
Fill a deep pot halfway full with oil. Heat to 360 degrees F. Coat the alligator meat with the fish batter. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until gator floats in oil. Remove and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve as an appetizer with remoulade sauce, mustard sauce, or cocktail sauce for dipping.
Our alligator meat is of the utmost quality. We offer premium farm raised alligator meat raised locally in south Louisiana. Whether it’s alligator sausage, hamburger patties or fresh tenderized fillets, we offer the best Louisiana has to offer.
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Came across this article on Gator Meat, which I’ve tried several times and loved it. I have a package of Breaded Gator Tail Bites in the freezer. Anyway just wanted to pass this article along, very good article.
Appetite for gator meat grows, with no signs of slowing
Industry hit hard by recession, but meat is popular again.
By Susan Jacobson
SANFORD, FLA. — The market for gator meat has exploded in the past couple of years, pushing the price in Florida to its highest level ever.
The upswing is a relief for alligator farmers and trappers whose businesses were devastated by the recession.
“As a trapper, I went through some very, very challenging times in the past few years, and it’s just starting to come back,” said Jerry Flynn, 52, who traps and supplements his income with construction work. “Meat definitely is on the rise, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.”
Allen Register, chairman of the Florida Alligator Marketing and Education committee and owner of the Gatorama alligator and crocodile attraction in Palmdale, Florida, agreed.
“We sell more meat now than we ever sold,” Register said. “We can’t produce enough on our farm to take care of our customers.”
The wholesale price of alligator meat hovered between $4 and $5.50 a pound from 1980 until 2011, when it rose to $5.75, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, although some farmers and trappers say it dipped as low as $3 during the recession.
The price took off in 2012, jumping to $7.50, and rose to $8.25 in 2013, the last year for which the state has records. It’s about $8.75 now, Register said.
The price of the hides is more volatile and took a beating during the recession, when it plummeted from $43.75 a linear foot in 2008 to $15 in 2009 and 2010, according to the commission. For two or three years, it was impossible to sell hides because people weren’t buying high-end leather goods, trappers and farmers said.
“You have to have the value of the meat and the skins to make any money off it,” said Terry Parlier, a former nuisance-alligator trapper who owns a gator-processing plant near Clermont, Florida.
To survive the ups and downs of the market, some alligator farmers turned their businesses into tourist attractions.
Others, such as Jimmy and Linda Boston of Seminole County, rely on crab, catfish and some eel sales. Jimmy Boston, 71, rises before dawn to catch the catfish and eel himself, and buys the crabs from his son, who traps them.
“If we hadn’t diversified, we’d be out of business a long time ago,” said Linda Boston, 66, who sells gator meat to walk-up customers at the farm near Sanford and to several Central Florida restaurants.
Although the alligator-meat market is rebounding, the couple aren’t experiencing a windfall. That’s because gator-feed prices have doubled, and freight and other charges have risen, Jimmy Boston said.
The Bostons sell their meat, which they process themselves, then vacuum-pack and freeze, for less than many retail outlets: $8 a pound. At Bar Harbor Seafood in south Orange County, by contrast, the price has held steady at $12.99 for the past few years, retail manager Scott Charron said.
Gatorama charges $12 a pound for ribs and about $18 a pound for tail meat, but some online stores get as much as $25 for tenderloin, which comes from the tail.
The tail and jaw meat is considered the most desirable, although soup and jerky can be made from the darker, tougher leg meat. The Florida Department of Agriculture says gator meat can be used in sausage, patties and taco filling, but fried gator bites are most popular and often are served with sauce.
Farmed meat is more consistent in taste and texture, Register said.
Flynn and the Bostons credit TV reality shows such as “Swamp People,” “Gator Boys” and “Growing Up Gator,” which last fall featured the alligator-farming Brooks family of Christmas, with raising the profile of alligator meat and increasing its value.
Danny Lam, 28, who was visiting from Toronto last week, said he wanted to try gator because it’s a novelty. Like many other people, he said he liked it but found the texture chewy and tougher than other meats. Some diners say it tastes similar to chicken.
“I consider it exotic,” Lam said after sharing a plate of battered gator-tail bites with friends at Gator’s Dockside in Baldwin Park in Orlando. “Up where we are, you rarely see gators.”
There are about 1.3 million alligators in Florida.
› Alligators have about 80 teeth, which are replaced with new teeth when they wear down.
› An adult male can grow to 14 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
› Alligators can rip and swallow their food, but they can’t chew.
› Alligators can live up to 50 years in the wild, longer in captivity.
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Today’s Menu: Surf (Shrimp) and Swamp (Gator Nuggets) w/ Baked Potato
No Phantom Pains overnight, and one good nights sleep! Started my day off with some of the Jennie – O Turkey Bacon, free samples Jennie – O sent me for the Switch Club. I had Turkey Bacon, Poached Egg, Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and a cup of Bigelow Green Decaf Tea. Went to see my Dad after Breakfast, he wasn’t feeling too good today. They’ll keep Dad in rehab for at least 3 weeks I’d say. For dinner tonight I prepared a Surf (Shrimp) and Swamp (Gator Nuggets) w/ Baked Potato dinner!
For the Surf part of my dinner I used Kroger Brand Jumbo Shrimp. I had the bag in the freezer so I laid it in the fridge overnight to thaw. I made Cajun Shrimp and to prepare it all I need is; 1 pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined), 2 teaspoons Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning, and 2 tablespoons Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter. Then to prepare it I coated shrimp with the Seasoning. Melted the Butter in large skillet on medium heat. Added my shrimp; cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. I love Shrimp and I love to prepare them this way! The Butter and Creole Seasoning pair together to give the Shrimp an incredible taste.
For the Swamp part of the meal I used Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat that I purchased online from Cajun Grocer. They have a great selection of anything Cajun you could want. I pan fried the Nuggets to Golden Brown, about a total of 8 minutes. Love the Gator Meat, as they say”It tastes like Chicken!”. It really does but it’s a tad sweeter than Chicken Meat. I served it with the absolutely best tasting Remoulade Sauce I have ever tasted, Louisiana Fish Fry Products Remoulade Dressing. Man oh man this stuff is incredible. It has that hint of Horseradish and just a tad of heat. Perfect for any Cajun Seafood or Fish Dish. I also had a Baked Potato to complete the meal along with an Ice-Cold Bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper. For dessert later a Jello Sugar free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.
Alligator Nuggets – BREADED
Our farm raised alligator nuggets (a.k.a. alligator bites) are breaded or pre battered. Best prepared by deep-frying. Enjoy
Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat 5 lbs
by Riceland Crawfish
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Today’s Menu: Alligator Nuggets w/ Baked Fries and Baked Rustic French Bread
Had one of my favorite Breakfast items to start the day. I prepared some Turkey Goetta Patties with a Scrambled Egg and a Whole Grain English Muffin. With some fresh brewed Green Tea and the Sunday Paper, I was set! Still sunny, hot, humid out so not much going on. For dinner another favorite treat of mine Alligator. I prepared Alligator Nuggets w/ Baked Fries and Baked Rustic French Bread.
I use Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat that I purchase online from Cajun Grocer. They have a great selection of anything Cajun you could want. I pan fried the Nuggets to Golden Brown, about a total of 8 minutes. Love the Gator Meat, as they say”It tastes like Chicken!”. It really does but it’s a tad sweeter than Chicken Meat. I served it with the absolutely best tasting Remoulade Sauce I have ever tasted, Louisiana Fish Fry Products Remoulade Dressing. Man oh man this stuff is incredible. It has that hint of Horseradish and just a tad of heat. Perfect for any Cajun Seafood or any Fish.
For one side I baked up some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. Then I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl.
Our farm raised alligator nuggets (a.k.a. alligator bites) are breaded or pre battered. Best prepared by deep frying. Enjoy
Country Boy Gator – Alligator Tail Meat 5 lbs
by Riceland Crawfish
Zesty, tart with horseradish and special spices, and guaranteed to liven up any salad or seafood.
Serving Size:2 Tbsp
Serving Amt:10 per container
Total Fat: 15g
Total Cholesterol: 15mg
Total Sodium: 230mg
Total Carbs: 4g
Total Sugars: 3g
Total Protein: <1g
Soybean oil,horseradish(horseradish root, Vinegar, Salt),high fructose corn syrup, Creole Mustard (vinegar, mustard seed, horseradish, sugar, salt, dried onion, dried garlic, spices),distilled vinegar, egg yolk (Egg yolk, salt, natural flavor), Water, tomato paste,spices and colorings, salt,dried garlic,dried onion, caramel color, xanthum gum, calcium disodium ETDA to protect flavor and less than 0.1% sodium benzoate as a preservative.
Use as a dipping sauce for shrimp, chicken etc. Great as a salad dressing.