Skip to comments.Eating Alligator on Friday's During Lent (and the rest of the year)
Posted on 02/15/2013 5:53:10 AM PST by marshmallow
If anyone remembers the story behind this great case of legal intepretation, please comment.
Well, I’ve been to the Insta-Gator Ranch and “petted” those alligators. They sure didn’t seem like fish to me; more like reptiles...but what do I know?
Alligator meat is delicious, if cooked correctly. If it’s not, it’s dry and stringy.
Gators good “LENT or not, just don’t over cook it.
I know; I’ve had it many times. (I’m in Texas.)
“I know; Ive had it many times. (Im in Texas.)”
It is best on a stick, not a bun. I love gator and I am in Texas too.
is it white meat or red?
Silly. Do you really expect people to list every species, order, or genus when speaking about eating fish for Lent?
There’s a whole new category of meat I have never tried??!!
Very tasty the way the French Market Grill in Augusta, Ga. cooks it. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Deliciousness!
Muskrat is (or was) considered ‘fish’ in parts of Michigan and thus proper lenten fare.
OK, folks, you need a Catholic Coon Ass to set you straight. This all goes back to Meatless Fridays. In Louisiana what constitutes meat and non-meat becomes a problem. The solution is: warm blooded creature = meat; cold blooded creature = non-meat. So one can eat frog legs, gator, snake (any reptile) because they aren’t classified as meat. Now here’s a good one - absolutely true - from the same era. In Cajun country there is a fowl called the Pouldeau (pulldo). Cajuns had a special dispensation allowing them to eat pouldeau on Friday because the bird ate only fish and reptiles so it was classified as “fish” by extension (you are what you eat). If you have ever eaten a pouldeau you understand that the dispensation wasn’t a blessing because they are awful tasting - stinky, fishy smelling, tough chicken!
Nutria Rat on a Stick is quite the delicacy up here in North Louisiana.
It’s OK to eat beaver too.
“Giraldus Cambrensis in his Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales reports that “in Germany and the arctic regions,” “great and religious persons,” eat the tail of beavers as “fish” because of its superficial resemblance to “both the taste and colour of fish.” The animal was also very abundant in Wales at the time.”
Crawfish ain’t no fish either, but it’s consumed more on Friday’s (and every day) during Lent than all other fish species combined down here in Cajun country (SW Louisiana).
There’s a reason God let the crawfish season happen during Lent. :)
Idiot. Alligator is chicken, so not allowed. Dolphin is permitted,
What about Manatee?
It’s more white meat — imagine a slightly fishy pork roast. It’s actually very good — I had it stewed with tomatoes, onions, celery and cajun spices. Yum!
i was imagining a cross between lobster and prok roast - which would be great
dammit... now I gotta go get some lobster tonight
You're not too far off -- if I remember right, the grain of the meat was more towards the pork roast, though. But because it had been simmered for a while, it was very tender.
Dangit, now you're making me hungry. Enjoy your lobster!!
There's a place in Hattiesburg, MS that serves gator and it is tender enough to cut with a fork. The sauce on it is delicious, too.
‘Gator is actually very good, so is ostrich. You haven’t lived until you’ve had ostrich jerky. Much better than rattlesnake or turtle soup. Obama has declared dog is much more tender than either. (True, not made up. On the level.) Frog legs suck.
That reminds me...Ostrich Festival is in a couple weeks, and there’s bound to be a feast. Races for sure.
Well if we go down the road of state houses.... Oklahoma considers the watermelon a vegetable. Its their state vegetable..............
Spanish explorers and conquistadores in the new world would eat manatee during Lent, referring to it as, “the fish that tasted like beef.”
See my #26.
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