Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Snapping up Exotic Fare

As self-proclaimed novice foodies, we try everything new. Not in an Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations kind of way but in a very exploratory kind of a way. We are not at all picky and seek to instill this very open minded food relationship into our entire family. One of our favorites has grown to become fried alligator. It has been an exotic feature at carnivals and festivals nationwide but our latest delicious dish of the swamp fare was found at the fine dining favorite Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. Served with fresh cut potato sticks and creole dipping sauce, the fried alligator appetizer is the perfect starter for a seafood dinner. The combination of the alligator and freshly cut potatoes was so enjoyable especially with a small dip into the custom creole sauce. The alligator flavor is light and so was the breading. This is key for savoring fried dishes. Fried food flavor is oftentimes masked with gobs of heavy breading. Heavily breaded fried foods will also soak up more grease during the cooking process and upset your stomach, so be cautious of the too much breading.  Also beware of too many fried foods! For us, enjoying fried alligator is just as rare as this dish is exotic. Try everything & make sure it is in moderation.