Spicy Middle-Eastern Alligator with Rice Pilaf and Tabbouleh Salad

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
40 min
20 min
35 min

4 servings

  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 10 to 12 alligator fillets
  • Olive oil, for sauteing
  • Salt
  • Tabbouleh salad, recipe follows
  • Rice pilaf, recipe follows
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the beaten egg whites, garlic, lemon juice, and red chili powder. Using a meat tenderizer, pound all of the alligator fillets until they are tender. Marinate the alligator in the egg white mixture for about 20 minutes.

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Remove the alligator fillets from the marinade and sprinkle them with salt. Carefully place the alligator fillets in the pan, and saute them until browned. Work in batches as necessary. Flip the fillets with tongs or with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side, and the meat is cooked through.

  • A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

Tabbouleh Salad:
  • 1/3 cup bulgur wheat

  • 2 lemons, juiced

  • Salt and pepper

  • 6 to 8 large bunches parsley

  • 2 to 3 tomatoes, finely diced

  • 4 whole scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • In a medium bowl, cover the bulgur wheat with warm water and allow it to soak for approximately 20 minutes. Pour the bulgur wheat into a strainer, and then squeeze out all of the excess water. Mix the lemon juice, salt, and pepper with the bulgur wheat and set aside.

  • Wash the parsley, and dry it thoroughly. Chop the parsley very finely and combine it, along with the tomatoes and scallions, with the bulgur wheat mixture. Stir the olive oil into the salad until it is thoroughly covered. Add more lemon juice, salt, or pepper as desired, to adjust the taste.

Rice Pilaf:
  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • 1 cup egg noodles

  • Salt

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over high heat. Add the rice and noodles to the pan, and fry them in the butter. Add approximately 1 1/2 cups of water to the pan and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover the pan with a tightly-fitting lid, and allow the rice mixture to steam until all the water is absorbed. Season with salt, to taste.

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