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Gopher Tortoise Stew

JenniferJennifer Stuart

Also known as the “Hoover chicken,” the gopher tortoise was a staple in the diets of Minorcans, Florida natives, and Depression-era families. The exact composition of Gopher Tortoise Stew depended on what ingredients were available at the time, but this is a typical recipe. Today, the gopher tortoise is a protected species, but you can substitute alligator or pork.

Ingredients

  • Alligator or pork meat
  • Salt pork
  • onion, chopped
  • bell pepper, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • tomatoes, diced
  • potatoes, diced
  • bay leaves
  • datil pepper
  • datil pepper sauce
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