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Mardi Gras Gator Meat Balls Recipe
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Mardi Gras Gator Meat Balls

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"These excellent meatballs are especially great for those that have easy access to alligator meat."

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Original recipe makes 13 pounds Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain. Put the alligator meat, onions, green onions, parsley, celery and potatoes through a meat grinder into a large bowl. Mix in the eggs, savory, salt and pepper until well blended. Shape into 1 ounce balls (golf ball sized) and roll in cracker meal.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry meat balls until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 02, 2009

I am a huge alligator fan, and these meatballs were really good. Also, if you're not in a place to run out and buy some gator meat, is a great place to order it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 03, 2003

It was good... I guess?

Nov 10, 2006

I love alligator, and this was great. However I can not get alligator any more, Is there anything someone would suggest to use in place of it with a close to it taste and texture?...Thanks

Jan 14, 2007

I didn't have gator meat. I made them with ground turkey and they were delicious! Thanks.

Jan 14, 2011

We made these into patties and had Gator Burgers! LOVED IT!

Oct 13, 2009

My husband and son go gator hunting every few yrs. so this was a perfect recipe to try for us. The meat balls came out fantastic. I used the spices but added some cajun spice as well, and I only had dried parsley but it worked out fine. I made several meat balls ,and I used some of the meat mixture and formed into patties, coated in the cracker meal and fried in a little oil in a skillet. Made excellent burgers with homemade hot mustard. mmmmm... will be making these again for sure. Thanks so much!

Feb 26, 2014

Friends thought the taste was spot on and gave the flavor a 5. Said it was like crab cakes. . And they thought the shape should have been like a crab cake and eaten with a fork - as I shaped the balls they were not firm like a meatball. Several fell apart as I tried to fry them. They also fell apart if you tried to spear it with a fork or toothpick. I did scale to use 1 pound of gator (found in the freezer section at Marsh grocery next to the frozen fish for $7.99) so I could have been off somthing. . . I just couldn't get past the smell - even the whole house stunk.

Nov 02, 2011

My grandson suggested we try this recipe and we added some Adobe seasoning, paprika, flour to soak up some of the juice,also gave it a bit of kick with jalapeño juice and instead of cracked flour we used butter crackers ground up! Excellent!!!! I ordered the alligator meat on line!


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  • Calories
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 56.4 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 61.9 g
  • 124%
  • Sodium
  • 1129 mg
  • 45%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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