Gator chowder

Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients:
                    

3 ounces bacon grease

                    

3 ounces clarified butter

                    

4 ounces diced, peeled potato

                    

4 ounces diced celery

                    

3 ounces diced red bell pepper

                    

3 ounces diced onion

                    

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

                    

1 teaspoon thyme

                    

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

                    

Freshly ground black pepper

                    

6 ounces all-purpose flour

                    

4 ounces port wine

                    

2 quarts water

                    

2 ounces seafood base

                    

4 ounces tomato sauce

                    

1 pound trimmed, cubed alligator meat

Directions:
In a medium sauce pan, heat the bacon grease and butter over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook for two minutes. Add all remaining vegetables, then cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the seasonings and flour. Cook for 3 additional minutes. Do not brown – leave blond. Add the port wine, water, and seafood base. Cook until the mixture thickens. Add the tomato sauce, and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the alligator meat. Cook for five more minutes – do not overcook the gator. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Serve in large soup bowls.

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