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chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 11:17 PM

ALLIGATOR AND OTHER EXOTIC INGREDIENTS

i got this from a group i joined at Facebook.

IMMOKALEE FRIED ALLIGATOR

3 pounds Florida alligator meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
powdered garlic, salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour

Season alligator cubes with garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Combine eggs, milk and mix well. Roll each piece of alligator in flour then dip in egg and milk batter. Shake off excess batter and deep fry at 375 degrees F until golden brown. Allow alligator to quickly drain on a piece of paper before serving. Serve hot.
(Immokalee, FL is the hometown of Ben Starling who started the website
http://www.living2eat.com/)

i tried alligator when i was a kid and i liked it. my mother used this same egg batter method to fry rattlesnake once. it was good too.

If you have recipes using exotic or unusual ingredients, i hope you'll share them.


summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 12:40 AM

Does it taste like chicken Chyenn ?

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 5:00 AM

Roasted Witchetty Grubs.

Of course, you'll have to come to Australia for this dubious delicacy, as you don't have 'em outside this country.

Look for large holes in Black Wattle trees, poke a long skewer down the hole to see if you can snag a Witchetty Grub.
If you are lucky, you will drag out a fat one that is about the length and thickness of your middle finger, pale yellow, with a dark brown head.
http://www.mjhall.org/bushtucker/page5.htm

Wrap all the Witchetty Grubs you have found in banana leaves, or other similar leaves, and place the parcel in the ashes of your campfire.
Cover with coals, and leave 10 - 20 minutes.

Remove package carefully, open and eat your Witchetty grubs by holding them by the head, and placing the rest in the mouth, and biting off behind the head.
The texture is creamy, and has a sweetish-nutty flavor!
They taste best with a dessert of Quandongs: VERY high in vitamin C!

http://www.nullarbornet.com.au/themes/quandongs.html

Yum, good Bush-Tucker!

~Bev







chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 8:02 AM

LOL.. no.. i don't think gator or rattler tastes like chicken, DeeDee.

Bev, i've seen people eat those grubs on Survivalists' TV shows. i might eat them if someone else prepared them and i didn't have to catch them first.

i've had chocolate covered ants. All i tasted was the chocolate; it had a crunchy texture that i would compare to chocolate covered Rice Krispies cereal.

My grandma introduced this city gal to a variety of wild game in the mountains of Tennessee. one favorite was roasted groundhog. After soaking it several hours or overnight in milk, she roasted it whole surrounded by sweet potatoes, carrots and onions.





summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 9:08 AM

I, of course was joking Chyenn...but then I know you knew that! As clarification to my comment about chicken, "It tastes like chicken", is often a response to someone who is about to try a meat not tried before, and asks, "what does it taste like?"

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 9:46 AM

LOL, I think gator DOES taste a little like chicken. Almost like a delicate, seafood-y, chicken.....

Chy! I live in the TN mountains, and a cute little groundhog lives in a decrepit old barn behind the house. I'm not sure I'll be setting any traps or buying a ground hog peeler...but its good to know that in a pinch, I have an entree in my back yard.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 6:08 PM

I tried fried gator at a restaurant once for the heck of it. It had a rather chewy texture and all I could really taste was the breading, which tasted pretty much like any fried chicken coating, so to me, it "tasted" like chicken. Maybe it just wasn't prepared well?

There's a groundhog who lives in the abandoned house down the road and we've dubbed him Gregory. I couldn't eat Gregory.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 6:43 PM

I feel the same. Ate gator twice, and I have yet to develop a yen for it. Chewy and rather bland to me.



bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 5:03 PM

I've seen crocodile available, but never tried it.

However, you can buy kangaroo in most large supermarkets. The meat has almost no fat, dark and kinda gamey in flavor though.
It gets the Heart Foundation tick of approval, but I did not find it particularly palatable for a regular cuisine.

If you look at the photo gallery on my profile, you will see some wallabies and Eastern Grey kangaroos there......I'd rather play with 'em than eat 'em!!

Canned Kangaroo Tail soup is in almost every place in the world I have been though.


~Bev


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