Cajun Alligator Tomato Cakes

These zippy potato cakes combine alligator tail, braised in tomatoes, and then mashed with potatoes - great as a tasty dinner.

This healthy, fast and easy to make cheesy mashed potato cakes recipe makes a great lunch or dinner side dish or main course for all ages. Tastes wonderful accompanying a meat main course. This recipe serves 4.

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 lb. potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled

1/3 lb. alligator tail, skinned, deboned and diced

1/3 lb. canned tomatoes

1 tbsp. butter, melted

1 tsp. parsley

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

1 tbsp. all-purpose flour, sifted

1 cup breadcrumbs

salad to serve

buttered rolls to serve

METHOD:

Preheat grill to hot and put oven rack in top middle of oven. Put alligator tailmeat in a pan with the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for 1 hour on a low heat, covered.

Heat butter. Add onion and garlic. Fry gently until starting to go golden. Add parsley and cook until dark green, about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally.



Put potatoes, alligator tailmeat, tomato mixture, onion mixture (including butter) , salt, black pepper and 1 egg in a bowl. Mash well until smooth and firm in texture.

Divide mixture into 24 portions. Dust hand with flour and make each portion into a ball. Dust each portion with flour and brush with remaining egg. Dip each one in breadcrumbs and put on a non-stick pan. Grill for 5 minutes each side until golden. Serve hot with a salad and buttered rolls to serve as a great accompaniment to meat and poultry for a tasty dinner.

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