Creole Louisiana Snapping Turtle Soup

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Creole Louisiana Snapping Turtle Soup
Creole Louisiana Snapping Turtle Soup
Restaurant R'evolution

Creole Louisiana Snapping Turtle Soup

This soup recipe is the specialty at Restaurant R'evolution, located in New Orleans. Although it's definitely a weekend project for home cooks, it's well worth the trouble. Or, you could just fly down to my restaurant and order it off the menu.

Deliver Ingredients


For the turtle stock

  • 2 gallons beef stock
  • 3 Pounds Louisiana snapping turtle ground meat
  • 1 quart chopped onion
  • 2 Cups peeled and chopped carrot
  • 2 Cups chopped celery
  • 2 heads garlic, halved
  • 1/2 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 bunch parsley stems
  • 1/2 bunch fresh thyme

For the turtle soup base

  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup diced onions
  • 1/2 Cup diced celery
  • 1/4 Cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons canned tomato purée
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 quarts turtle stock
  • 1 1/4 Pound cooked turtle meat from the stock
  • Zest of 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 Teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/5 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground mace
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Chow Chow
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 3/4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/8 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup sliced scallions
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

For the deviled quail eggs

  • 6 quail eggs
  • 3 1/2 egg yolks from hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/8 Teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 3/4 Teaspoons hot sauce, preferably Crystal
  • 1/8 Teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt

For the Chow Chow paint

  • 1/4 Cup Chow Chow
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/8 Teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt, to taste

For the soup

  • 3 Cups turtle soup base
  • 12 deviled quail egg halves
  • 1/4 Cup micro parsley
  • 8 Teaspoons Chow Chow paint


For the turtle stock

In a heavy-bottomed stockpot, combine the stock with the turtle meat and bring to a low simmer. Tie the vegetables, herbs, and spices in a cheesecloth sachet and add to the pot. (As the pot simmers, scum will rise to the surface. These are protein particles from the turtle meat and they must be skimmed off regularly throughout the process. Otherwise, they will re-incorporate into the stock and produce a speckled final appearance.)

Cook the turtle meat until tender, about 1 ½ hours, then remove the sachet and discard. Strain the stock through a fine-meshed strainer and reserve the meat.

For the turtle soup base

In a large Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly until a dark brown roux is achieved.

Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, and garlic and sauté until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Then, add the tomato purée and paste, blending well into the vegetable mixture.

Add the turtle stock and whisk to blend well. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to a simmer. Then, add the turtle meat and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the lemon zest, cloves, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, mace, red pepper flakes, Chow Chow, and bay leaf, and then simmer for 30 more minutes. Continue to add stock as needed to retain a soup-like consistency.

Season with the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic, then add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, scallions, and parsley.

For the deviled quail eggs

Place the quail eggs in a large saucepot of cold water and bring to boil for 4 minutes. Let cool in the water and peel and discard the shells.

Cut the eggs in ½ carefully and remove the yolks. Reserve the egg whites and set aside. Combine the boiled egg yolks and quail yolks with the remaining ingredients. Mix together until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into the boiled quail egg whites.

For the Chow Chow paint

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together the Chow Chow, oil, and turmeric and season with salt, to taste. Pass through a fine-meshed sieve. Chill until ready to use.

For the soup

Using a pastry brush, paint a stripe across the rim of a soup plate with the Chow Chow paint. Place the deviled quail eggs in the well of the plate, in line with the painted rims. Scatter the micro parsley around the well. Pour 6 ounces of the turtle soup base into the well. Repeat for 3 more bowls.

Turtle Soup Shopping Tip

Buy fresh herbs and spices to season your soup; fresh garlic, parsley, and thyme will enhance the flavor without being overpowering.

Turtle Soup Cooking Tip

Most soups are better the day after their made. If possible refrigerate your soup overnight before serving.

Turtle Soup Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.

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