While looking up a recipe for Pasta Salad

July 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm (Bored)

I entered “pasta salad” in the search field for the insanely popular food website. I got back all sorts of recipes… one, in particular, intrigued me…  Szechuan Alligator in a Crispy Noodle Nest with Lemon Ginger Dressing and Shiitakes.

Funny, I don’t remember looking up recipes for alligator. I wouldn’t even know where to get a good slab of alligator at this time of year! I decided to take a look at the ingredients list. No word of a lie… here is what you’ll need to make this tasty alligator dish!

Lemon Ginger Dressing:
2 ounces rice wine vinegar
2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 ounce soy sauce
1 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon tahini paste
1 cup sesame oil
1 1/2 cups peanut oil

Szechuan alligator:
8 ounces alligator tenderloin (about 4 small tenderloins)
2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns, lightly toasted, crushed, and sifted through a strainer (discard the tough stems and seeds)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Breading:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups Japanese bread crumbs
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
6 egg whites, beaten until frothy

Vegetables:
2 heads baby bok choy, fine julienne
1/2 head green cabbage, finely shredded
1 large peeled carrot, fine julienne
1 bunch green onion, fine julienne
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon mint, chopped
1 cup snow peas, fine julienne
1 cup sliced, Sauteed shiitakes
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Crispy Noodle Nest:
1 pound fresh angel hair pasta, uncooked
2 quarts oil, for deep-frying

Garnishes:
18 red endive spears
18 Nasturtium blossoms

First of all… who has this kind of time? I cannot even get my homework done in a timely manner, nevermind trying to “whip” up this concoction. Maybe I should suggest it to the hippies for our next dinner party! (if you are counting, there are 38 ingredients required – some have been repeated.. like lemon).  One of the directions said “Rub alligator tenderloins with the mixture and let sit for 1 hour. ” Doesn’t that sound dirty? I don’t know about you – but I’m not into rubbing any kind of mixture into an alligator’s “tenderloins.” I think I’ll stick with pasta salad. If I can ever find a decent recipe.

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