Sep 17, 2010

Eating Tail

Y'all look at all that orange.  It's a bit terrifying.

So I have been a bad little Vol fan, and have not attended our previous couple of games.  However, we have the true mark of the beginning of football season here in Big Orange country- The Florida Game (dum, da, da dum!). 

Check out what's cooking this week in the Knoxville paper-

Gator poboys and gator gumbo?  Yes, please!  One commenter on the online site queried whether Florida fans would be eating grilled coon dog, which is disgusting and unnecessary!  Not Smoky!

Anyway, should any of you have a desire to try this culinary delicacy here are some recipes:

Cajun andouille gator gumbo

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 teaspoon oil
1 1/2 pound alligator meat, cut into pieces
1 1/2-2 quarts water
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Cayenne, to taste
1 pound andouille sausage, cut into pieces
File powder, to taste

  • Melt shortening in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add flour and prepare a roux, stirring until golden brown.
  • Add pepper, onion, celery and garlic to roux. Cook on low heat until vegetables begin to sweat.
  • In separate skillet, heat oil until hot. Add alligator and sear on all sides. Remove meat with slotted spoon and place in roux mixture, stirring well.
  • Drain grease from pot in which the gator was browned, leaving only the brown drippings at the bottom. Deglaze pan with 1 cup water.
  • Pour this over the gator meat, along with 3 cups more water. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne.
  • Bring to boil, then lower heat and let simmer for about 3 hours, adding more water as needed.
  • Add andouille sausage during the last hour of cooking.
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle gumbo with a small amount of file powder. Serve with rice, if desired.

Personally, I'm being lazy, and concentrating more on what I'm going to wear, opposed to what I'm going to cook (I did attend University of Georgia after all- game-day outfits are of utmost importance!).  I will be attending a party tonight where the host makes the best smoked alligator tail in the Big Green Egg.  It is on time!
Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope all of your respective teams win (unless of course you are a Hog* or a Gator).  And (in proper dialect)  Goooooooooooooaaaaaaa Beeeeeg Ouuuraaaaannnnje!
*To be honest, I would prefer to be eating a rack of ribs opposed to alligator tail, but a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do!


  1. Fabulous dresses and I LOVE the gator gumbo! I just went game day shopping last night (I know, last minute - didn't realize Auburn was doing a blue out and I had prepped orange and gray - sigh.). Have fun this weekend - get your gator!!

  2. Love the fashion show - good luck with game day! I'll be donning blue and cheering on my Cats. They play Florida next weekend, so here's hoping Florida loses two in a row (oops, did I say that?).

  3. Love all your orange dresses! Too cute!

    and I just have to say....

    GO GATORS!!!!

  4. Love your orange earrings!

    Go Gators! :)

  5. homegirl is that a Natty Lite I spy in your hand :)keepin it likey.

    Haha Love all the dress, you're lucky you look fab in orange its not the best color on me unless i am sporting a tan.

  6. Girl, are you drinking a Natty Light?!?!

  7. LOVE seeing other women that LOVE college football! :)

  8. Gator is awfully tricky to cool. Do it wrong and it is quite rubbery. Wish we were coming this weekend but sadly we'll be watching on TV this week. Have fun!

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  10. I love how you're drinking a Natty Light while wearing pearls! Only in the South...

  11. Speaking of game day outfits..

    Jcrew orange and white checkerboard blouse. They call the color autumn sunset.. perfect for the cooler games! I got mine today!

  12. I'm popping over from Friday Follow!!! Your blog it too cute and I love the tailgating pictures!!!!

  13. Love it! I'm a Bama fan, but will be making my first trip to Knoxville this fall and can't wait!

  14. I'm looooving ALL the orange. Xoxo-BLC


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