Savoury Alligator Pie Recipe
A few weeks ago, my friend Charlotte posted something to the effect of "When I say 'Alligator Pie', you say what?" as a Facebook status. To me, the answer was obvious - "If I don't get some, I think I'm going to die!".
She ended up getting some weird responses, none seeming to know what she was talking about. I was kind of perplexed - Alligator Pie was SUCH a popular poem / book growing up, how could people not know what she - a fellow Canadian - was talking about? I had assumed the book to be British, on account of the style of artwork I remembered from it ... and if it had been crazy popular back home, surely her American friends had heard of it, right?
Well, I guess I should have realized it from the hockey references... but as it turns out, the book is Canadian. I guess that explains the confusion! ANYWAY.
This time of year, I end up obsessed with Alligator meat. It finally cooled down enough for me to attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival a couple weeks ago, and - in my mind - the alligator sausage there is the absolute best part of fest. (Aside from all my friends that work there, I mean!). Shortly after our day at fest, I happened across some frozen alligator meat in the grocery store, so I picked it up... thinking I'd make some sausage at home.
Well, having "Alligator Pie" stuck in my head, I ended up deciding that I should make some. I knew "Alligator Pie" existed in a few different incarnations as a dessert... some as a green coloured cream pie, others more like a pecan pie, with the nutty surface being representative of alligator skin. However, I had never heard of an ACTUAL alligator pie. As one of the most literal people ever (Seriously, Drax is my patronus)... it had to happen.
Because there wasn't really something pre-existing, I could pretty much do whatever I want! I decided to start with a proper cajun trinity - onion, celery, and green peppers - as a nod to gator meat as a very southern thing. (Says the Canadian, making a pie about a beloeved Canadian poem!). I flavoured it with some of the same seasonings I could taste in the alligator sausage that I loved so much... but only as an accent. I didn't want it to be a sausage pie, after all. I wanted it to be like the savoury pies I'd grown up with - some meat, some vegetables, a little gravy, and a ton of flavour.
This ended up a huge hit with both my husband and a couple other friends that happened to pop by the night I made it... including The Pink Dalek, who almost didn't share with her mom! The meat was tender and juicy, and the flavours all worked very well together.
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