Turtle Soup Recipe

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  1. Note: We use alligator snapping turtles, a farm-raised, fresh-water species available all year. Turtle meat usually comes in 2 1/2-pound portions, so this recipe is written to use that quantity. Although it's illegal to use sea-raised turtle, farm-raised is fine. It freezes well and can be ordered by mail.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large soup pot over medium to high heat. Brown the meat in the hot butter, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until liquid is almost evaporated. Add the onions, celery, garlic, and peppers, stirring constantly, then add the thyme, oregano, and bay leaves, and saute for 20 to 25 minutes, until the vegetables have caramelized. Add the stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, periodically skimming away any fat that comes to the top.
  3. While the stock is simmering, make a roux in a separate pot: Melt the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a small saucepan and add the flour a little at a time, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to burn the roux. After all the flour has been added, cook for about 3 minutes until the roux smells nutty, is pale in color, and has the consistency of wet sand. Set aside until the soup is ready.
  4. Using a whisk, vigorously stir the roux into the soup a little at a time to prevent lumping. Simmer for about 25 minutes. Stir to prevent sticking on the bottom.
  5. Add the Sherry, bring to a boil, add the hot sauce and the Worcestershire, and simmer, skimming any fat or foam that comes to the top. Add the lemon juice and tomatoes, and return to a simmer. Add the spinach and the chopped egg, bring to a simmer, and adjust salt and pepper as needed. This soup freezes well.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2254.13 Kcal (9438 kJ)
Calories from fat 2053.79 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 228.2g 351%
Cholesterol 806.88mg 269%
Sodium 631.15mg 26%
Potassium 1242.93mg 26%
Total Carbs 43.41g 14%
Sugars 13.54g 54%
Dietary Fiber 7.47g 30%
Protein 20.61g 41%
Vitamin C 124.1mg 207%
Vitamin A 4.5mg 150%
Iron 34.6mg 192%
Calcium 285mg 29%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 198.51 Kcal (831 kJ)
Calories from fat 180.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.1g 351%
Cholesterol 71.06mg 269%
Sodium 55.58mg 26%
Potassium 109.46mg 26%
Total Carbs 3.82g 14%
Sugars 1.19g 54%
Dietary Fiber 0.66g 30%
Protein 1.81g 41%
Vitamin C 10.9mg 207%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 150%
Iron 3mg 192%
Calcium 25.1mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 63.3
  • 65

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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