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How do you cook your iguana?

Tonight was the night of the iguana.

If there was ever a great incentive to not cheat on my diet, there's an iguana in my fridge. Tommorrow's dinner.

The gutted ig is resting in a frying pan, it's tail draped over one side, it's little feet hanging out the other.

I'm not doing the cooking. I will finally know if it does tastes like chicken. Collecting my Spanish I asked the family "Probar como Pollo?" Yeah, I know that translates as "To taste like chicken?" I'm not there on Spanish conjugation yet.

Everyone said si ..."pero mas rico" ... richer ... more flavorful

So the lizard at that point was on the counter and summoning up my Spanish. I asked how it was cooked ... the only word that came to mind was "frito?" I guess you don't fry up iguana as the relative cooking it tomorrow looked at my husband and murmured "frito? frito?" I guess she thought Americans deep fried them.

As far as I can tell, we are having lizard with eggs tomorrow ... or that could have been something about this particular iguana didn't have eggs and the prime season for iguana eggs is in December. Something about spreading them on bread ... iguana egg sandwich.

I unfortunately am going out tomorrow and won't be around to see this one cooked. However, after my lame comment about fried iguana I though I'd find out how it is cooked.

Google brings up a lot of recipes for stew or soup
http://eyeonmiami.blogspot.com/2008/1...

Sòpi di Yuwana, or Iguana Soup - "Choose a plump one for this delicacy, which tastes a bit like rabbit and a little like chicken."
http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bon...

Iguana in Curry Sauce
http://oocities.com/phidavis/Recipes/...

IGUANA EN PINOL – it involves ¾ cup of pork grease
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1918,...

Iguana eggs – with cream cheese and jalapeno
http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/100099/...

Calories in Iguana Egg - There are 134 Calories in an average serving
http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fi...

Iguana pozole and roast iguana
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook...

BBQ iguana video
http://www.howcast.com/videos/3363-Sp...

Iguana salad – oh wait … that is to feed TO your iguana
http://www.iguanasalad.com/archives/

First check to see if iguana is an endangered species in your area
http://blog.trutv.com/dumb_as_a_blog/...

Now …

Be sure you get the best type of iguana. Alas, I think ours is a black iguana … or it turns black after being killed. This site advises “There has been a marked preference for the Green Iguana over the Black Iguana”
http://www.servinghistory.com/topics/...

Next …

How to Catch and Cook an Iguana
http://www.wikihow.com/Catch-and-Cook...

” Iguanas are fast creatures. Their bite is nasty and their claws are sharp! They open their mouths completly flat open like a snake. When agitated they hiss, too. Take precautions!
The iguanas will also whip you with their tails and it hurts, so does their bite.”

A 2004 article about iguana being the next food trend … guess not
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How do you like your iguana?
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0310/p1...

There’s actually an iguana cookbook … and I was wondering what to get Irma for her birthday. I loved this comment “This book is extremely informative without being dull” Ya know, I think one would really have to work hard to make an iguana cookbook dull.
http://www.amazon.com/Iguana-Cookbook...

Should you want to expand your repetoir to other reptiles "The Culinary Herpetologist."...over 950 herpetological recipes ... Blackfeet Indian Jellied Snake, Roasted Poison Dart Frog. Turtle Croquettes, Zippy Alligator Dip
http://www.amazon.com/The-Culinary-He...

There are a number of cocktails named after the Iguana ... green, pink, neon etc

I may seriously look into those tommorrow

So .. has anyone cooked iguana? I read that South Florida is over run with them.

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  1. Bon appetite, Kiddo. Bon appetite!

    1. Great post, as usual, and quite humorous. I suspect it takes a big dose of humor to eat a plate of iguana. I remember A. Bourdain eating iguana on his Mexico episode, in Puebla. He said it was the possibly the worst thing ( to date) that he'd ever eaten, but the fermented shark fin in the later Iceland episode came in first.

      In all fairness to Tony's iguana, maybe it was it's method of preparation, which was rather uninspired. Espero que la iguana frito es mucho mejor.

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      1. re: bushwickgirl

        I seem to recall Tony saying something like "I want to dunk my head in a bucket of lye" after tasting the iguana tamal.

      2. Hilarious early morning read, RWO. Can't wait to read the report of your dinner. Buon Appitito..!

        1. On an episode of "No Reservations" in Mexico Anthony Bourdain sampled some iguana and it definitely didn't taste like chicken and from his reaction it was the worst thing he's ever eaten.

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          1. re: monku

            I guess more than a few people caught that episode (see my post upthread).;-)

          2. I wonder if they taste like alligators, crocodiles, turtles. Those taste more like pork to me, not chicken. But, pork like pork tenderloin, less fat/flavor, than the fattier shoulder/belly.

            Do you burn more calories catching an iguana than it provides? It doesn't sound easy with dodging claws and teeth.