A delicious recipe for gluten free alligator bites with sweet chili aioli to tame your wanderlust cravings.
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It’s no secret that I love to travel, but I’m not a full-time traveler … yet. So there are times – sometimes long stretches of time – that we are at home in SW Florida. Some would consider where I live a beautiful destination and it is, but I love to explore somewhere new – it’s sights, culture and food.
So when I’m not traveling and I start to get itchy feet to get back out there, my favorite way to alleviate wanderlust is cooking. I absolutely love cooking recipes of some of the best dishes I’ve had on my travels at home.
Food is so simple. Yet it’s incredible how smelling and tasting something can take you back to a different time and place in no time. You’ll be amazed at how the sights and sounds of the place from the dish you trying recreate are right there with you.
In my post on adventurous eating, I told you that I ate alligator bites for the first time and that I was so happy that I got to try them because I have alligator that I bought at Detwiler’s (a local Amish store) waiting for me to find inspiration.
So today, I’m reliving our most recent 21-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Glory with these alligator bites.
Before I get to the recipe, let me tell you about these alligator bites. When my husband asked me what was for dinner, and I told him “alligator bites, green beans and black rice (he loves black rice) he made an “ugh” sound. He didn’t have any of the alligator on the cruise. I said, “why don’t you try them before you make any conclusions.” And we sat down to eat.
A few minutes later, I asked him “so how do you like them?” He said, “they are actually a lot better than I thought they would be.” Yay!
We had them as our main course (about 6 each) but they could easily be made as an appetizer.
Gluten Free Alligator Bites with Sweet Chili Aioli
1 pound alligator, trimmed of excess fat and cut into roughly 1-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil (or grass fed butter or combo of two)
1/2 large white onion, diced
1/4 cup green onions, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
1⁄2 teaspoon allspice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cups gluten free breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or coconut oil) for frying
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
For the Aioli:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
On medium-high heat in a medium size pan, add olive oil (or butter) to pan. Sauté white onions, green onions, and celery until vegetables are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, Spanish paprika, cayenne, allspice, and 2 Tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley. Place mixture in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Add alligator meat, eggs, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and mix well. Make small patties and roll in flour.
Fry in extra-virgin olive oil at 350°F (Note: The alligator bites can be fried in a tall saucepan in shallow oil, or deep-fried.) on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Season with salt to taste. Top with remaining chopped parsley and serve with aioli or your choice of sauce.
For the Aioli:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
So, if you loved the pasta in Italy … went gaga for gyros in Greece … or crazy for the tacos in Mexico, then look up the recipes online (you’re bound to find loads of recipes thanks to Google!) or pull out that cookbook you bought while you were there (I love to buy cookbooks of the local cuisine), get down to your local grocery store for the ingredients and get cooking.
You’ll get to spend some productive time cooking a delicious meal, get to eat something you love that takes you back to a place you once visited and you’ll feel pretty darn amazing doing it all.
What’s your favorite way to alleviate wanderlust when you’re not traveling?