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Turtle Soup

"This hearty soup has a real 'snappy' flavor from the cayenne pepper and lemon juice. It's a treat and good use of turtle meat. With a salad and fresh bread, a steaming bowlful makes a nice meal. -Dave Wood, Elmwood Park, New Jersey"
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2 h 40 m servings
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. In a heavy 4-qt. saucepan, bring turtle meat and water to a boil. Skim off foam. Chop 1 onion and set aside. Quarter the other onion; add to saucepan along with bay leaf, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover and simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and cut into 1/2-in. cubes; set aside. Strain broth and set aside. Rinse and dry saucepan; melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook chopped onion until tender. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly and lightly browned. Whisk in reserved broth; cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, eggs, lemon juice and meat. Simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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Very good flavor! I did not, however, use actual turtle meat, I used chicken. Which then didn't need to cook for 2 hours. And I didn't have any chicken broth, or tomato puree, so I used 1/4 bu...

I hated the idea of using turtle meat! Turtles are so cute... I used beef and it worked just as well. For all you turtle lovers out there, know that I'm with you!

Excellent! I did have turtle meat and wasn't sure what to do with it. This recipe did the trick!

This looks really good, but where can I find turtle meat?