Lastly, add the lemon juice, tomatoes, spinach, and eggs, then bring back to a simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, allowing to incorporate. I added.a touch to my 2nd bowl to make up for that. I have been looking for a copy of that book for a very long time. I will definitely make it again. Your email address will not be published. Welcome to Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, the internet's largest source of recipes and know-how for wild foods. It’s still popular among a certain set in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and its environs. When the great captains of industry had banquets back in the late 1800s, terrapin soup would always be on the menu next to roast canvasback with fried hominy. Instructions. I’m going to share with the neighbors and I hope it doesn’t make a long term problem for me. The best! Join the discussion today. Follow Where NOLA Eats on Instagram at @wherenolaeats, join the Where NOLA Eats Facebook group and subscribe to the free Where NOLA Eats weekly newsletter here. I’ve never eaten terrapin, which is a smallish turtle that’s reported to be very, very tasty. Well, to be honest, I like all turtle soups (the Chinese do some cool things with turtle, too) but this one is the most accessible to turtle newbies here in North America. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Carefully whisk in the roux and return to a boil over medium-high heat. is 18 oz correct for the crushed tomatoes or should that be 28? In a 4-quart heavy-bottomed pot melt 2 Tbsp butter. Made the turtle stew. It all came flooding back. https://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/classic-turtle-soup-recipe But I have eaten snapping turtle. You have permission to edit this article. Holly answered the door. Got my meat from Joe Pattis seafood in Pensacola ( where I live) it’s $17.50 a lb. A waitress adds sherry to a customer's turtle soup. New Recipes Emeril Events & Happenings Sales & Special Deals on Emeril Products Emeril’s Restaurants. With frozen turtle meat priced at around $30 for a two pound pack, it is easy to see why. My skeptical husband enjoyed it. Note: Some turtles are on the endangered list. For a change, when the soup is done, drop to a very low simmer, add 1/2 can of evaporated milk and stir for about ten minutes, serve. Condition is "Used" and excellent. Drop the heat to a bare simmer and cook until the turtle meat wants to fall off the bone, about 2 to 3 hours. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. I questioned the the lemon but in my opinion it absolutely finishes the dish. Stir to blend. My lord…in my short 3 years of hunting and trapping and fishing, this is the best wild game dish I’ve made yet. I am a chef, author, and yes, hunter, angler, gardener, forager and cook. Read the Turtle Soup..... discussion from the Chowhound Restaurants, New Orleans food community. Thanks. Add the turtle stock and whisk to blend well. The new buyer plans a renovation and a late 2020 reopen. If you travel farther south, however, you will find my favorite version: Creole turtle soup. Turned out ok, but always good to have another recipe option. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYfAEFR03Q. Was a bit worried when I made my roux for the first time but it all came out super tasty !! 20 ingredients. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add celery, bell pepper, onion, bay leaves, and oregano. Join Where NOLA Eats, the hub for food and dining coverage in New Orleans. Guilty. I plan on using this recipe first and then maybe some deep fried. I can hear you thinking: “Well Hank, this is all well and good and I am sure this soup is awesome, but where in hell can I find turtle?”. As close to any turtle soup I have had in Louisiana restaurants. Here’s source for turtle meat, Pete’s Fine Meats in Houston 713-782-3470. 2 pounds turtle meat, cleaned and finely chopped, 2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup), 6 ounces fresh spinach, blanched, drained and chopped, 1/2 cup dark brown (the color of chocolate) roux, 3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and finely chopped, 2 tablespoons dry sherry (or more according to personal taste). Chop as coarse or as fine as you want. I followed the recipe exactly. Learn how your comment data is processed. Finish the soup with the sherry, parsley, lemon zest and hard-boiled eggs. Thanks!!!!! and i must say this recipe is soooo good. Easy to make and has the true flavors of the South. Put the turtle meat into a large pot and cover with 8 cups of water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYfAEFR03Q. Add onions, celery, garlic, and peppers, constantly stirring. I use leftover pork loin, tastes just like a good turtle. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a heavy 7-quart saucepan. We get a turtle or two a year and I made this for labor day weekend. “Um… were you expecting anything… bloody?”, Not at the moment. It’s ok not my favorite. No position to greet polite society. Was asked to make it again over Christmas and had people fighting over the last bowl! Simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Caught my first one this past summer and panfried it. Not the same, but it’ll get ya close. My husband helped clean 2 turtles, so lucky me got some turtle for the freezer. How do you go about removing the turtle from the shell? can’t say enough about how good it was!a double the amount of tomato sauce almost 28 ounces. I’ve heard of both but most people say purge it for a week or so. When my book tour took me to Cleveland, I’d spent some time jawing with Norm and Joe (I stayed at Joe’s house) and well, we might have had a few beers and got talking about turtles. 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter. Lots of videos on YouTube…. You can skip the clams if you think that's too weird, but remember that turtle does have a seafoody taste. “Hey Hank,” Holly shouted into the kitchen. I will never make turtle soup any other way. If you or any of your readers recognize that recipe I would very much like to know the name of the book it came from. Add the meat and brown evenly, stirring constantly… You all talking bout turttle soup….come to micronesia we cook many different kind…..but in my place part of palau we like it raw….that’s the best most of us like…n the prob bout it is will make your hole body warm…. Danielle: I don’t really know. I added some butternut squash at the end went easy on the Sherry.just a tiny little bit of lemon zest as it was very powerful. I feel like the alligator and frog leg subs would be much closer, as there is a delicate fishy undertone to the turtle which doesn’t quite exist in terrestrial meats. Outstanding recipe. But veal ain’t a bad alternative at all. Definitely this is food fit for dignitaries of the highest order. Made it today. Recipe courtesy of New Orleans Cookbook by Williams Sonoma. As a meal or a side dish, "New Orleans offers the most distinctive collection of soups anywhere in the nation," according to Cajun Chef Ryan and this is obvious from the flavorful options of crawfish bisque, gumbo, and turtle soup. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 1 minute. And that’s what Norm had mailed me. Cook until the vegetables start to become translucent, about 10 minutes. Check with your supplier to see what is available in your area. I’ll be trying this recipe out as soon as the thaw hits the lakes. … But if you don’t like lemon best to leave it out. Reduce the heat to medium and add the bay leaves and the garlic. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a heavy 7-quart saucepan. I love turtle soup for two reasons: First, it’s just damn tasty. Snapper soup, as it’s called in a lot of places, is just as classic as terrapin soup, but it’s more rustic. Serving Size: 16 appetizer servings or 8 main-dish servings. My first advice would be to cruise the Asian markets in your town, if you have any. Go. Good stuff. Thank you for the recipe, Hank! In New Orleans, it is a specialty of several neighborhood and classic Creole restaurants such as Commander's Palace, Brennan's, and Galatoire's. A half-decent substitute would be to use a combination of clams, chicken and pork. Put the turtle meat into a large pot and cover with 8 cups of water. That was at least 50 years ago, and there is no telling how old the cookbook was when I read it. … Bring to a boil and skim the scum that floats to the top. Stir in a cup of the turtle stock at a time until you the soup is the consistency of gravy. But I’d told him to stop doing that, considering that I catch more than I can possibly eat every year now. It is great!! This Mock Turtle Soup tastes just like the real thing. Smaller (younger) turtles are probably safer to eat than larger (older) turtles. I made this turtle soup last night and it was absolutely delicious. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to a simmer. taste just like home!! (My readers are the best!). Was yours purged or straight water to table? Add garlic and cook until fragrant around 3 minutes. If you can't make it to Mardi Gras these recipes can also be easily made in the comfort of your own home - (check out the slideshow below for pictures and recipes). Your email address will not be published. Trappers both, and hosts of the radio show Inside the Great Outdoors. Once you've cleared the meat hurdle, everything else is easy. It’s time to catch some turtles. Chris: It’s correct, so go for 15 ounces. Love New Orleans food? It was the mailman. Add turtle meat (that’s been cleaned, drained, and cut into a fine dice) and brown over med-high heat. It came out amazing! Sorry. And what a special recipe to share a strange exotic meat with others. It has been said that few restaurants serving the soup actually use turtle, replacing the reptile with veal. That is reason enough for me never to eat turtle. Turtle meat is very tough to come by, but I’ve seen it in lots of Asian markets (you can even get live ones there) as well as in some farmers markets in places like Missouri, Ohio and Maryland. Usually cleaning a snapping turtle involves axes and wire cutters and boiling water and generally a lot of effort. for snapping turtle anyway great recipe, it’s a little tomatoey but great the same. We used this recipe with a fresh caught soft shell turtle, yellow catfish and gulf shrimp. The only suggestion I have is cube the turtle meat and don’t stir so much. Made this soup exactly to the receipt it was out of this world. Add the turtle meat and garlic. Simmer soup, for another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Finally Hank! Finishing the soup with sherry is de rigeur, and the result is a silky, spicy soup kinda-sorta like a gumbo, but with more tomato. Stir in the onions, celery, sweet peppers, kosher salt, and pepper. By Hank Shaw on January 21, 2014, Updated June 18, 2020 - 40 Comments, The knock on my front door sounded urgent. Mock Turtle Soup Save Recipe Print Yields: 6-8 servings Ingredients ¾ cup unsalted butter 6 celery stalks, chopped 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1½ pounds ground sirloin 1 cup water ½ cup all-purpose flour … Aggie Litzler Soup. Turtle Soup. It was something new but I think we’ll stick to the basics unless it’s the end of the world…. Set my lines, ran ’em for two hours, had my turtle (and a nice Eel.) 8 cloves garlicminced. Explore. Many thanks Hank, just made this and holy moley !! Cover lightly and set aside. I don’t cook with one. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Different from Brennan’s. New Orleans-style turtle soup is as unique to our cuisine as gumbo. Vintage Ljungberg Turtle Soup Bowl New Orleans. New Orleans' favorite fried chicken, behind the scenes - Duration: 16:27. You made me curious. I skipped the eggs personally and slightly less cayenne but that was.cause half our croud was kids. Barring those options, I might use a combination of chicken thighs, pork shoulder and clams. Food And Drink. https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1859643 Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers to the same pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are caramelized, about 15 minutes. Got a 16 lb softshell in a barrel that is going to meet his maker in the morning! . Amazing recipe. Add the green pepper, celery and onion and cook for about 5 minutes. NOLA.com Recommended for you. 720. (The NOLA.com/Times-Picayune archive). It also typically has some chopped hard-boiled eggs in it, which is a nod to the old days, when they’d include any eggs they found inside the turtle in the soup. https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Brennans-Turtle-Soup Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Share on Facebook; Share on Pinterest; Print This Recipe; As featured in Brennan's New Orleans Cookbook ! Made this recipe with roughly 1.5x all ingredients since the turtle I was working with was especially large. I have used stock from the ribcages of the rabbits I raise to cook the turtle in. Normally I’d answer it, but at that moment I was elbow deep in snow goose gore; I’d shot six the previous day and was in the middle of plucking, skinning, gutting and breaking them down. Pull up a seat at the table. Or, if you have the funds, you can actually buy wild snapping turtle meat online. This turtle was a bruiser, too: I weighed the meat at just over 3 pounds — enough for two meals! I was surprised by how delicious it was! 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