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Brennan’s Turtle Soup

Brennan’s Turtle Soup Recipe

Turtle soup at home? Thanks to the abundant supply of amphibian from South Louisiana’s vast system of natural waterways, New Orleans Creoles have been enjoying their spicy soupe à la tortue for centuries, and variations on the basic recipe are as numerous as the cooks who prepare the dish. Making the soup at home from scratch is best left to cooks capable of confronting the task of dressing a live snapping turtle. The rest of us can settle for buying fresh or frozen turtle meat either from specialty markets or by mail order from seafood dealers in and around New Orleans.—adapted from Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook

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