Ahhh, this was the main course! Two rouxs for this, a flour roux and a tomato roux, this dish took work!!
The andouille sausage kept you on your toes with some heat and the gator was as tender as meat can be! The sauce had some deep flavors with the dark roux and the tomato paste roux. Served over some rice and garnished with some parsley and scallions. Your house will smell delicious while this is cooking!
By the way I had marinated this gator with a cajun marinade overnite.
2.5 pounds Alligator meat
¼ cup Olive Oil; +1 tsp.
2.5 pounds Smoked andouille sausage; diced
1 can Tomato Sauce; 10oz.
⅓ cup Margarine
⅓ cup Dark Roux
¼ cup Chicken Base
4 cups Spanish Onion; chopped
1 cup Bell Pepper; chopped
1 cup Celery; diced
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoons Jalapeno Pepper; diced
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 tablespoons Garlic; chopped
2 quartschicken broth
½ cup Green Onion Bottoms; chopped
½ cup Parsley; chopped
3 cups Rice; cooked
Marinade the alligator meat with Cajun marinade and cut into 1 inch by 1 inch pieces. If possible, allow to marinate overnight. Brown alligator in olive oil over high heat. Remove from pot. Saute andouille in same oil for 5 minutes and remove from pot. Pour tomato suace into pot with remaining oil. Stir sauce over high heat until it is very brown, burned. Keep stiring until a thick ball of paste forms. Add margarine, roux, chicken base, onions, bell pepper, celery, cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers and sugar. Saute until onions are clear. Return alligator and andouille to pot. Add garlic, mushrooms and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Cook for 1 hour, adding water as needed. Once alligator is tender, add green onions and parsley. Cornstarch mixture may be added to thicken gravey. Serve over hot cooked rice. Chicken, squirrel, rabbit, turtle or duck may be substituted for the alligator. Regular smoked sausage may be substituted for the andouille.
Mise en place! That is the dark roux on the left, looks like chocolate!
Tomato paste roux
Everything back in the pot being happy!