Some say it tastes better than CHICKEN.
Others claim it is SWEET and tender.
However, this peaceful, nocturnal, unique looking mammal is on the verge of extinction because we like how it tastes. Because it is illegal to poach, the price tag increases dramatically creating a black market delicacy.
Although alternatives to pangolin meat are not as exotic, I feel as though it is a small sacrifice to endure to save a species.
There are amazing dishes out there that are great alternatives to our little, scaly friends, the pangolin. We just need to be a bit more creative and resourceful in discovering new ways to prepare them.
I want to protect these little guys and have decided to post my blog on what we can eat instead (rare, expensive or not) instead of my scaly friends.
An artichoke (it looks similar to the pangolin but is Vegan and Gluten Free)
Ways to eat: Steam, boil, bake or grill. Leaves are delicious with butter, mayo (vegan option)
Cut bottom and enjoy the delicious heart!
Chicken... it doesn't just taste like chicken, it is chicken!
Ways to eat: Baked, fried (chicken and waffles anyone?), roasted (mmm...herbs, garlic), grilled, the list goes on.
Wanting something sweet? Cakes, cookies, puddings, ice cream, chocolate, chocolate with bacon, fruit, fruit with bacon, candy, soda pop, dessert wine, cocktails, bubble gum...the list goes on and on and on.
Ways to eat: (make sure you are wearing elastic waisted pants)
Can be baked, churned, melted, grilled, microwaved, in a campfire (dutch oven cobbler anyone?).
You can socialize while eating in restaurants, cafes and bars. You will win over your boss if you gift them a pint of some specialty ice cream from Salt + Straw in Portland, Oregon.
There is no need to consume pangolins when there are so many options of delicious foods that will impress more than our endangered friend.
PLEASE, DON'T EAT THIS...