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    Bookbinder Red Snapper Soup

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    1 hr 5 mins

    40 mins

    25 mins

    Hey Jude's Note:

    This soup has been served at the Drake Hotel in Chicago since it opened for business in 1933. The Drake adapted it from the snapper soup from Bookbinders restaurant in Philadelphia, using RED snapper instead of turtle. Recipe is from the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Cookbook.

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    1. 1
      To make soup base, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add carrots, celery, garlic, onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.
    2. 2
      Stir in peppercorns, bay leaf, tomato paste, thyme, rosemary, and cilantro; cook 2 minutes and add 7 cups of the vegetable broth; heat to boil.
    3. 3
      Melt butter in a small saucepan; add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Slowly whisk in remaining 1 cup broth until mixture is smooth; add mixture to soup base; cover and simmer over medium-low heat 20 minutes.
    5. 5
      Taste and adjust seasonings.
    6. 6
      Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth; discard solids and return broth to pot.
    7. 7
      To make snapper, heat water to boil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat; add onions and celery; blanch until soft, about 3 minutes.
    8. 8
      Remove with a slotted spoon and add to broth.
    9. 9
      Boil fish in the same water until cooked through.
    10. 10
      Remove fish from water; flake very finely with a fork.
    11. 11
      Stir snapper and sherry, if desired, into soup base; heat through.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 27, 2015


      I have made this many times and can vouch for it authenticity, too! This recipe tastes just like the one served at the Drake. It seems complicated, but in fact it's very easy. It just uses a lot of pots. I increase the amount of tomato paste to 7TB for a more robust flavor. I use any mild white fish, shrimp, or even crab for the protein. You can also make it a day in advance. Just keep the cooked fish/seafood separate until serving. Adding the sherry at the table is a nice touch. This is delicious every time!

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    • on January 08, 2004


      I would just suggest that the sherry be served to the table separately, to be added just before eating. This is the traditional service, and adds a little flair to this wonderful receipe. Thank you.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bookbinder Red Snapper Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (134 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 139.2
    Calories from Fat 74
    Total Fat 8.2 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 21.4 mg
    Sodium 92.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 3.7 g
    Protein 6.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    white peppercorns

    vegetable broth

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