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      Cooking With Phil: See ya later, alligator

      " T his 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.