Thursday, November 29, 2012
Back in the early days and still holds true today the Cajun people were hearty people accustomed to roughing it. Their meals more than likely came out of one pot, one dish which combined all of the natural ingredients of South Louisiana; fish, rice, pungent spices, shellfish and abundant vegetables. jambalaya, gumbo, sauce piquante, and crawfish etouffee’ are all delicacies of Cajun one-pot meals.
I thought I would share a one pot meal recipe. Sauce Piquant is a dish that uses a darker roux (cooks longer), this is a spicier dish, the name "Piquant" meaning hot.
In Cajun Country it is no telling what you will find in a pot of sauce piquant, Shrimp, Crawfish, chicken, Catfish and yes Alligator but one thing for sure it will be some kind of good.
Alligator Sauce Piquant
3 pounds alligator, cut into 1-inch cubes (I recommend using the tail meat because it is lighter in color and more tender)
1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups flour
2 cups diced onions
2 cups diced celery
1 cup diced bell peppers
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 (10-ounce) cans ROTEL tomatoes
3 quarts water or beef stock
JAC's Tailgaters Fling On Seasoning, salt and cracked black pepper to taste
JAC's Tailgaters Cajun Garlic Essences hot sauce to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup sliced green onions
In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
Whisk in flour, stirring constantly until a dark brown roux is achieved.
Add alligator and saute 10 minutes or until well browned.
Stir in onions, celery, bell peppers and minced garlic and saute 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted.
Stir in tomatoes and water or stock. Blend well then season to taste with JAC's Tailgaters Fling On Seasoning, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
Bring mixture to a rolling boil then reduce heat to medium. Simmer 2 hours or until meat is tender, adding water to retain volume if necessary.
Add parsley and green onions and adjust seasonings to taste using salt, pepper and JAC's Tailgaters Fling On Seasoning. Serve hot over cooked white rice.
note if you can get Alligator where you live fell free to use shrimp, chicken heck what ever meat you can get will work.