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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Turtle Soup Recipe

Turtle Soup Recipe From African Kitchens

Snapping turtle meat is considered a delicacy and in the US is very popular in Cajun cooking.


In the kitchen, we are the followers of the wisdom of our ancestors. Cooking is highly socialized and a practical art. Each day, while it adds to our food experience it should also increase African ancestor food knowledge. Now that intercommunication between distant nations has become easier and frequent, the rural and city dweller of Africa commands greater attention of culinary art. 

One art of cooking Africa offers is how to cook turtle soup. In Africa, snapping turtles live shallow ponds and streams. Boneless snapping turtle meat can be fried or stewed, however low heat and slow cooking methods have the best cooking results. The four legs and tail of the snapping turtle are dark meat, the neck and back straps are white meat. Snapping turtles can average 10 to 12 inches in upper shell length and weigh between 15 to 25 pounds. Two pounds of boneless turtle meat cost between $38 and $50. Turtle meat is healthy with one cup of turtle meat having around 220 calories, 33 grams of protein and 2 grams of saturated fat.


Healthy Soup Recipe



Easy Turtle Stew


Ingredients

2 cups boneless snapping turtle meat
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salted butter
4 stalks chopped celery
1 medium chopped white onion
1 medium chopped red onion
3 diced carrots
2 medium red tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon freshly minced parsley leaves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt and black pepper to taste


Directions


In a large pot with a heavy lid over medium high heat add butter, melt then add seasonings. Add flour and turtle meat stirring well until turtle meat is slightly brown. Add stock and remaining ingredients. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until the mixture boils, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. Dish into serving bowls and enjoy The African Gourmet easy recipe of turtle soup.

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