Rating: 4.42 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

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

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prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
60 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
13 pounds
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry meat balls until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

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.

Nutrition Facts

586 calories; protein 61.9g; carbohydrates 56.4g; fat 11.1g; cholesterol 18.6mg; sodium 1129.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2009
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 www.allamericangator.com is a great place to order it. Read More
(29)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/03/2003
It was good... I guess? Read More
(11)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2009
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 www.allamericangator.com is a great place to order it. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2006
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 Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
I didn't have gator meat. I made them with ground turkey and they were delicious! Thanks. Read More
(24)
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Rating: 2 stars
03/03/2003
It was good... I guess? Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2011
We made these into patties and had Gator Burgers! LOVED IT! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
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! Read More
(10)
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Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2014
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. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
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! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2013
Really great recipe. The fresh ingredients really bring a nice flavor. Looking for suggestions/recipes for a nice sauce. Read More
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