The Gator Robb

The Gator Robb

The Gator Robb is an alligator sausage jibarito inspired by the legend of Frank Robb aka Alligator Rob and Humboldt Park's favorite gator, Chance the Snapper.  Back in 2019, an alligator was found swimming in the Humboldt Park lagoon.  After the city struggled to trap it, Robb was brought in from Florida to wrangle the Gator and, in the process, wrangled our hearts 

The sandwich fuses cajun cooking with Humboldt Park's Puerto Rican Community to make one tasty sandwich. Fried plantains are topped with seared Crescent City Foods alligator and pork sausage, American cheese, cajun garlic mayo, lettuce, and tomato.


1 Green plantain

1 Alligator sausage link

1/2 cup mayo

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1/2 head of roasted garlic


Romaine lettuce

Deli American cheese

1 cup frying oil

salt and pepper


Cut the ends off of the plantain and make a thin slit across each side.  Microwave for four minutes. Once cooled remove skin and slice in half.  Place in between parchment or wax paper and smash flat using a tortilla press or heavy bottom pot.  Repeat with the other half and shallow fry at 350F until golden on each side about 4 mins.  Season with salt and set aside.

Butterfly your sausage and cut it in half.  Sear in a lightly oiled pan for two minutes on each side until deeply caramelized.  Set aside.  Blend together mayo, cajun seasoning, and roasted garlic with an immersion blender or food processor.  Season with salt.


To build:

Spread mayo on plantain.  Top with your gator sausage, a slice of American cheese, tomato, and lettuce.  Spread mayo on the second plantain and press together.  Slice down the middle.

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Sunday Sandwiches: The Gator Robb

Back in 2019, here in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, the legend of Gator Robb and Chance the Snapper was born. An alligator was found swimming in the parks lagoon and Frank Robb, aka Gator Robb was the man that was able to safely remove the gator. The gator was dubbed “Chance the Snapper” and this week's Sunday Sandwich is inspired by Robb, Chance, and Humboldt Park.

I'll be making an alligator sausage Jibarito, which a Puerto Rican Sandwich that was created in Humboldt Park back in the 90's!

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