then I know how to cook them to survive. I had never made turtle soup before I found this recipe. Made this soup for the first time last year. Easy to make and has the true flavors of the South. 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. In a Dutch oven or other soup pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat and stir in the flour. Norm and Joe are my friends from northeast Ohio. Add the lemon zest, cloves, … Unlike the clear, consomme-like turtle soup eaten in most other places (including almost everywhere in Europe), Creole turtle soup is thick and almost a stew. Maybe add the meat last. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYfAEFR03Q. 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?”. Other questions:email@example.com. Was yours purged or straight water to table? 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. I live in Southeast Louisiana. Read the Turtle Soup..... discussion from the Chowhound Restaurants, New Orleans food community. Please see my other sales. Meal Planning. Can’t wait. New Orleans-style turtle soup is as unique to our cuisine as gumbo. New Recipes Emeril Events & Happenings Sales & Special Deals on Emeril Products Emeril’s Restaurants. Add more turtle broth until the soup thins a bit. Sorry. Once you've cleared the meat hurdle, everything else is easy. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. I was surprised by how delicious it was! In a 4-quart heavy-bottomed pot melt 2 Tbsp butter. My first advice would be to cruise the Asian markets in your town, if you have any. Add the turtle meat and garlic. As far as I know it was the only cookbook my grandmother ever owned. So unbelievably good, full of flavor, with so much depth of flavor, one is transported to another world. 16:27. This Recipe is very similar to one my Grandmother used, except we used chicken stock to boil the turtle meat in, sweet red wine instead of sherry, and green onions or shallots. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a heavy 7-quart saucepan. Bon Ton has been a classic New Orleans… Nov 15, 2014 - This Mock Turtle Soup tastes just like the real thing, using beef instead. Got a 16 lb softshell in a barrel that is going to meet his maker in the morning! It was something new but I think we’ll stick to the basics unless it’s the end of the world…. Category: Gumbos, Soups, and Bisques . We used this recipe with a fresh caught soft shell turtle, yellow catfish and gulf shrimp. Add the turtle meat and garlic. But I have eaten snapping turtle. Remove the meat from the pot and pull it off the bones. Add celery, bell pepper, onion, bay leaves, and oregano. Made this recipe with roughly 1.5x all ingredients since the turtle I was working with was especially large. In New Orleans, it is a specialty of several neighborhood and classic Creole restaurants such as Commander's Palace, Brennan's, and Galatoire's. Love New Orleans food? Season the turtle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper. That looks like a very delicious soup! Add celery, onions, garlic and seasonings. I’ll be trying this recipe out as soon as the thaw hits the lakes. Add thyme, oregano, and bay leaves and saute for about 22 minutes**. First time cooking softshell turtle and it turned out great! Cook until the vegetables are transparent. I’ve heard of both but most people say purge it for a week or so. Put the turtle meat into a large pot and cover with 8 cups of water. Your email address will not be published. Carefully whisk in the roux and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Or, if you have the funds, you can actually buy wild snapping turtle meat online. In all seriousness, that’s a whole post in itself. It’s fairly common to sub in veal for turtle in soups, and while I doubt your average Joe living in cajun/creole country had regular access to veal, I’ve done it and it works. Check with your supplier to see what is available in your area. Thanks. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons salt, cayenne and dry sherry. Add the stock and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Very good. I will never make turtle soup any other way. 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter. In New Orleans, although many variations can be found, consistent ingredients are: turtle meat, veal or beef stock, onions, celery, tomatoes, parsley, thyme, hard boiled egg, lemon and sherry. I will definitely make it again. Lots of videos on YouTube…. Smaller (younger) turtles are probably safer to eat than larger (older) turtles. I plan on using this recipe first and then maybe some deep fried. Season the turtle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper. The only suggestion I have is cube the turtle meat and don’t stir so much. I don’t cook with one. Thank you for putting this recipe out there! I’ve never eaten terrapin, which is a smallish turtle that’s reported to be very, very tasty. It is great!! The second reason I love turtle soup is because it is an American classic. 8 cloves garlicminced. Ben asked me to make it for my husband’s card club. Gonna make turtle like this from now on! Join Where NOLA Eats, the hub for food and dining coverage in New Orleans. Drop the heat to a bare simmer and cook until the turtle meat wants to fall off the bone, about 2 to 3 hours. NOLA.com Recommended for you. Set my lines, ran ’em for two hours, had my turtle (and a nice Eel.) Learn how your comment data is processed. It all came flooding back. Guilty. Was a bit worried when I made my roux for the first time but it all came out super tasty !! New Orleans' favorite fried chicken, behind the scenes - Duration: 16:27. 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. Thanks for the recipe. Remove from the heat and transfer the meat to a platter. As close to any turtle soup I have had in Louisiana restaurants. The different layers of flavor are simply exceptional. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. You have permission to edit this article. Thank you Hank and thank you mighty snapper. Turtle Soup at Bon Ton Cafe "Bon Ton Cafe is being sold with their last day open under the current owners being Friday March 6th, 2020. A study a few years ago found that a single common snapping turtle collected in the Trinity River near Dallas had enough methyl mercury in it to kill a dog. Thanks so much for this recipe, we got permits to pull a lot of snappers out of the backwaters of WI up here…so meat isn’t the problem. Toddler Dinner Recipes .. Recipe. Got turtle cooking in pot right now and my kids are excited to get turtle soup tonight! and i must say this recipe is soooo good. Condition is "Used" and excellent. I live 30 min south of new orleans in a small town called thibodaux. Good stuff. Marcelle Bienvenu, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Add garlic and cook until fragrant around 3 minutes. If you travel farther south, however, you will find my favorite version: Creole turtle soup. Holly answered the door. It'll cost you, but the tub of meat is enough for several meals. can’t say enough about how good it was!a double the amount of tomato sauce almost 28 ounces. Required fields are marked *. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a heavy 7-quart saucepan. That is reason enough for me never to eat turtle. 720. I made this turtle soup last night and it was absolutely delicious. This turtle was a bruiser, too: I weighed the meat at just over 3 pounds — enough for two meals! Turned out ok, but always good to have another recipe option. Mock Turtle Soup. Add the bay leaves and about a tablespoon of salt. for snapping turtle anyway great recipe, it’s a little tomatoey but great the same. It began, catch a large snapping turtle, lay it on it’s back on a stump and hide behind a tree with an axe. My first thought was my dad, who has sent me whole king salmon from the Pacific Northwest from time to time. It’s time to catch some turtles. 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. Got my meat from Joe Pattis seafood in Pensacola ( where I live) it’s $17.50 a lb. One thing to look for is for diced or pulled meat, not ground: You can hide your lack of turtle in the grinder. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to a simmer. is 18 oz correct for the crushed tomatoes or should that be 28? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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…. Many thanks Hank, just made this and holy moley !! Add the meat and brown evenly, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes. Barring those options, I might use a combination of chicken thighs, pork shoulder and clams. https://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/classic-turtle-soup-recipe Share on Facebook; Share on Pinterest; Print This Recipe; As featured in Brennan's New Orleans Cookbook ! “Hey Hank,” Holly shouted into the kitchen. Recipe courtesy of New Orleans Cookbook by Williams Sonoma. I’ll have to remember this the next time I catch a turtle. 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. Explore. How do you go about removing the turtle from the shell? But if you don’t like lemon best to leave it out. Add onions, celery, garlic, and peppers, constantly stirring. And what a special recipe to share a strange exotic meat with others. Creole turtle soup is a standard on New Orleans menus, and everyone has a different version. Added some simple parsley dumplings a little larger than marbles and skipped the sherry/boiled eggs. I wasn’t up to the task of cooking it then, so we stuck it in the freezer until today. Usually cleaning a snapping turtle involves axes and wire cutters and boiling water and generally a lot of effort. . Trappers both, and hosts of the radio show Inside the Great Outdoors. Chop as coarse or as fine as you want. I couldn’t hear everything they were saying, but he appeared to have a large box in hand that he very much wanted to get rid of. I am a chef, author, and yes, hunter, angler, gardener, forager and cook. Sep 19, 2019 - Turtle soup continues to be popular at most of the city's classic Creole restaurants such as Arnaud's, Commander's Palace, Antoine's and Galatoire's, and be assured that it will never be I know, weird, right? I love sausage with most roux-based stews…. Folks should make sure that any turtle they eat is from a safe (clean) source. My lord…in my short 3 years of hunting and trapping and fishing, this is the best wild game dish I’ve made yet. The best! Personally, I like a red tomato type of broth. If you have to make “Faux” turtle soup, try 1/2 chicken white meat and 1/2 squirrel or nutria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYfAEFR03Q. Alligator is the closest thing to turtle in my experience, and frog legs come pretty close, too. 12. 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. 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. 2 1/2 pounds turtle meat, see note, cut in medium dice (beef, or a combination of lean beef and … 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. Then, add the turtle meat and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium and add the bay leaves and the garlic. Good Trapping! Would definitely recommend rice or dumplings to accompany the soup as it’s very rich/flavorful. “Um… were you expecting anything… bloody?”, Not at the moment. It has been said that few restaurants serving the soup actually use turtle, replacing the reptile with veal. Different from Brennan’s. “Open it up!”, Holly grabbed a utility knife and broke open the giant box: “Um… it’s a turtle.”. … Simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Brennans-Turtle-Soup Cover lightly and set aside. New Orleans) Commander’s famous turtle soup involves a unique recipe that combines veal and turtle with spinach and a few other things. I have used stock from the ribcages of the rabbits I raise to cook the turtle in. I’ve only seen 15, 28, 32, etc but never an 18 oz can. Stir to blend. This is outstanding! Then add the sherry, TABASCO and Worcestershire and cook for 10 minutes, skimming away any fat or foam that may rise to the surface while cooking. 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. I read a turtle soup recipe in my grandmothers cookbook when I was quite young. Get Turtle Soup Recipe from Food Network. AWESOME! Teddy: If it makes you happy, add sausage! Lots of Alligator Snappers, Mississippi Snappers and Softshells here. Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne and paprika. Pull up a seat at the table. Simmer soup, for another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. (The NOLA.com/Times-Picayune archive). Caught this one ten minutes from my House within the city limits of Shreveport. Definitely this is food fit for dignitaries of the highest order. He’s not even the largest! My skeptical husband enjoyed it. I use leftover pork loin, tastes just like a good turtle. They are major bioaccumulators. Unfortunately, market hunters did such damage to the terrapin population that recreational hunting seasons on them only reopened recently. Filed Under: American Recipes, Featured, Recipe, Wild Game Tagged With: Cajun and Creole Recipes, classic recipes, soups, turtles, Wild Game. Hey Hank, how can I adapt this recipe for a slow cooker? There are several classic ways to make it, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but turtle meat tastes like a cool combination of chicken thigh, clam and pork. Finish the soup with the sherry, parsley, lemon zest and hard-boiled eggs. 20 ingredients. Soups & Stews. I skipped the eggs personally and slightly less cayenne but that was.cause half our croud was kids. Thanks!!!!! Stir in a cup of the turtle stock at a time until you the soup is the consistency of gravy. Add the chopped turtle meat and stir to combine. I bought some frozen and he just sawed off a 5 lb chuck for me. Food And Drink. Yield: 8 servings; Ingredients. A half-decent substitute would be to use a combination of clams, chicken and pork. Was asked to make it again over Christmas and had people fighting over the last bowl! Turtle soup continues to be popular at most of the city's classic Creole restaurants such as Arnaud's, Commander's Palace, Antoine's and Galatoire's, and be assured that it will never be forgotten. Join the discussion today. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the turtle meat into a large pot and cover with 8 cups of water. Danielle: I don’t really know. I love turtle soup for two reasons: First, it’s just damn tasty. It’s ok not my favorite. More likely, however, you will be substituting. Your email address will not be published.