Cooking With Phil: See ya later, alligator




is Larry

," says Phil

Murray, Owner of Phil's on Front in Traverse City as he holds up an alligator head. "He's a pretty nice guy, but he's obviously stuffed."

Phil is helping you create some of his favorite dishes in your own kitchen every week on UpNorthLive Tonight on ABC 29&8.

This week Phil is sharing his Alligator Bites recipe:

"I'm trying to keep the balance of humans being eaten by alligators, and alligators being eaten by humans," says Phil.


1 lb. Alligator meat, diced in 1/2 inch chunks

1 Sweet onion cut into chunks

3 Shallots, diced

1 oz. Chopped sage

1 Tbs. Chopped garlic

2 Cups sherry


Dijon mustard

Creole spice

Panko bread crumbs

Cooking Directions:

Saute all ingredients for one minute. Add sherry and simmer for 90 minutes, or until gator meat is tender. Cool, and chop so it becomes semi-chunky. Mix together. Mold mixture into small patties, then pan fry in oil of your choice.

"I make everything really tasty and yummy," says Phil.

Phil's sauce recommendations: Horseradish, sour cream, whole grain mustard, whole cream equal parts, jalapeno to taste.

If you can't wait until next week for a new recipe, head to Phils On Front in downtown Traverse City. Phil's on Front is located at 236 East Front Street.