Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Turtle soup (Cajun style).
- 3 lbs turtle meat
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 tablespoons flour
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup shallot, chopped
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery & tops, fine chopped
- 3 large bell peppers, fine chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 4 cups beef stock
- 2 lemons
- 6 tablespoons sherry wine
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄4 cup parsley
- 1⁄4 cup green onion, tops
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- Melt butter/add flour to make roux (don't burn).
- Add onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, celery and garlic.
- Cook over med heat about 30 minutes.
- Add meat in small pieces, then add salt, black pepper, red pepper, bay leaves, thyme, cloves, allspice, grated nutmeg, beef stock, and water.
- Bring to boil then simmer 2 1/2 hours.
- Thirty minutes before soup is done, add Worcestershire, lemon and sherry.
- Turn off fire add parsley an green onion tops to add more flavor add mor water if needed.
- Prior to serving, add sliced eggs.
- Serve with garlic French bread.
Turtle meat can be purchased from exoticmeats.com. I've never been disappointed.
The only place I have seen turtles sold has been in chinatown, San Francisco, NYC, Toronto, Vancouver. I'm sure any city with a good sized chinatown has live turtles.
This soup sounds great. I don't want to sound dumb, but I've never seen turtle meat sold in a grocery store, at least not where I live. Where would you buy it, or do you have to catch them? My uncle used to catch snappers and have a big turtle-fry (it was really more like stew)and it was really good.