Gator Tail Picadillo

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Gator Tail Picadillo
Gator Tail Picadillo
Rosalie Freudes - Smoke Alarm Media

Gator Tail Picadillo

It's the meat that tastes like chicken (of course) and smells like fish, but you won't smell a thing because I cook ground gator meat in a mixture of herbs and spices, like cinnamon, cumin, and oregano. This is a great dish to try if you're in the mood to take a walk on the wild side.

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6
Servings
440
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1/4 Cup tomato paste
  • 2 Pounds ground alligator tail meat
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • Two 14 1/2-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 Cups sliced, drained pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Teaspoon chopped oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Cups cooked white rice, for serving

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and bay leaves and sauté until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, stir to incorporate, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the alligator meat and sauté until cooked, breaking up with the back of a fork, about 7 minutes. Add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, golden raisins, green olives, red-wine vinegar, cinnamon sticks, oregano, cumin, and cayenne. Simmer until the picadillo thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Serve warm on top of white rice.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
30%
Sugar
21g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Cholesterol
96mg
32%
Protein
37g
74%
Carbs
34g
11%
Vitamin A
49µg
5%
Vitamin B12
3µg
57%
Vitamin B6
1mg
61%
Vitamin C
24mg
40%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
18µg
22%
Calcium
128mg
13%
Fiber
6g
24%
Folate (food)
27µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
27µg
7%
Iron
6mg
32%
Magnesium
70mg
18%
Monounsaturated
12g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
10mg
49%
Phosphorus
417mg
60%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
1248mg
36%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
26.4%
Sodium
977mg
41%
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
63.8%
Trans
0.4g
N/A
Zinc
9mg
58%

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