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Recipe

Nola Turtle Soup

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds turtle meat
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons salt, in all
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne, in all
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish

Directions

  • Put the turtle meat in a large saucepan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and the water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a platter. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch dice and reserve the liquid.
  • In another large sauce pan, combine the butter and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly for 6 to 8 minutes to make a dark roux. Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers and celery. Stir occasionally and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the bay leaves, thyme and garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the turtle meat. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the Worcestershire sauce, the remaining salt and cayenne, the turtle stock ( about 6 cups) lemon juice, and sherry. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the parsley, green onions, and eggs and simmer for 45 minutes. Garnish with green onions and chopped eggs.