Vincent Price Bookbinder Snapper Soup

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READY IN: 2hrs 50mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large soup kettle cook the frozen snapper (in the shell) in the 3 quarts water for 90 minutes.
  • When the turtle meat is tender, remove the snapper from the pot and allow to cool. Pick the meat from the shell, keep warm, and set aside.
  • Put the turtle shell back into the snapper stock, along with the beef extract, beef stock, carrots, celery, onion, marjoram, salt and pepper (to taste), tomato puree, Tabasco, bay leaf, and garlic.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes and strain.
  • In a separate container mix together the melted butter with the flour. Beat the butter/flour mixture into the soup until smooth.
  • Cut the snapper meat into small pieces and add to soup. Add the chopped hard-cooked eggs to soup. Stir in the sherry and sliced lemons. Let soup simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Presentation: Serve soup in a tureen. Into each soup bowl ladle some of the snapper meat, a couple slices lemon, and some soup. Pass a small pitcher of sherry and let each person add some to his/her soup according to taste.
  • Using red snapper instead of turtle: Cook the skin, head, and bones of the fish with some of the flesh for 90 minutes in 3 quarts of water. Proceed with recipe. Dice about a cup and a half of the snapper fillets and add them to the soup for the last half hour.
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