Sweet And Sour Alligator

Course : Cajun
Serves: 6
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2 cups hot cooked rice
1/2 medium onion - thinly sliced
2 medium celery stalks - sliced diagonally
1 medium bell pepper - cut in 1 inch squares
1 can pineapple chunks - 8 oz. can
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 can tomato sauce - 8 oz. can
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
1 cup pineapple juice
4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds alligator tail meat - cut in 3/4 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup flour - plus 2 tbsp.
2 large eggs - beaten

Preparation / Directions:

Combine eggs, flour, milk and salt; mix well. Add alligator cubes, stirring to coat. In two quart deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees. Deep fry alligator a few pieces at a time until golden brown. Drain well. In a four quart saucepan, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, tomato sauce, vinegar, corn syrup, garlic salt and pepper. Stir well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in alligator chunks, pineapple, bell pepper, celery and onion. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over hot rice. Alligator is extremely versatile and can be used in recipes that call for chicken, veal or pork. As Canadian prairie alligators tend to be rare and allusive, I'm going to try this recipe substituting pork for the alligator. From the September/October 1990 issue of the Louisiana Conservationist, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 For more alligator recipes contact; The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board P.O. Box 70648 New Orleans, LA 70172-0648 Telephone: (504) 568-569

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