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Smothered Louisiana Alligator with Brown Rice

“Smothered” is a classic Louisiana way to prepare everything from okra to turkey legs—here, alligator gets the delicious treatment.

Cooking/Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs. Louisiana Alligator, cut into 1 oz. pieces, pounded thin
  • Cooking spray as needed
  • 3/4 cup red onion, medium-diced
  • 3/4 cup celery, medium-diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, medium-diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, medium-diced
  • 3/4 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 1/4 cups clam juice
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. flat leaf parsley, minced, divided
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked, warm
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley, minced

Directions

1.) Spray nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray and heat. 

2.) Add vegetables, sauté for 1 minute. Add cayenne pepper; sauté for 1 minute.

3.) Add 4 cups of clam juice, reserving 1/4 cup; bring to a simmer.  Mix 1/4 cup clam juice with cornstarch and stir; add to the simmering pan. 

4.) Add Louisiana Alligator, basil, 2 tbsp. of parsley and half & half, simmer until alligator is cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. 

5.) In individual serving bowls, place 1/2 cup of brown rice.  Spoon alligator and sauce over rice.  Garnish with 1 tbsp. parsley.