Intro: The White House 1887 Mock Turtle Soup
I have been looking through my 1887 Edition of "The Original White House Cook Book" and found a few turtle soup recipes. I thought I would make the mock version. After thinking about it, I came up with an idea to create a turtle from a squash and fill it with the soup. I would never eat the real deal but I will eat a mock version with black beans and chicken! The Campbell's Soup Company made Mock turtle soup in the late twenties. Here is an article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mock_turtle_soup
Let's get started!
Step 1: Ingredients
The way the directions were written, it sounded like the beans would be way over cooked using her directions. This recipe would be best if you did the quick soak method and cooking the beans only until they are almost done because you will add the meatballs and the herbs to the beans 20 minutes before serving. You could make everything the day before and refrigerate it and add the herb bag and meat balls to the chilled beans the following day to finish cooking the beans. This recipe makes about 16 one cup servings.
1 Qt organic black beans (soak overnight)
1 t summer savory
1 t Parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 T butter
4 Hard boiled eggs (only the yokes are used)
1 Cup boiled chicken minced ( unseasoned)
1/2 Cup Fine bread crumbs (not seasoned)
2 beaten eggs
1 Tablespoon milk I used cream because that is what I had on hand
1/2 t flour
Sliced lemon and fresh parsley for garnish optional
2 Pepper corns
Scant Olive oil for the bowl's rim and lid to keep the edges from curling up.
Toothpick and skewer not shown
mixer or food processor, small cloth and string for herbs, colander, and sauce pan.
Step 2: Cook Beans
Cook the beans following the instructions on the bag except allow 20 minutes less cooking time.
While the beans are cooking place herbs into the cloth and tie the bag to seal and make the meat balls in the next step, then . . .
When the beans are almost done:
Place colander over a large bowl and pour cooked beans into the colander.
Drain liquid and place beans into a food processor and mix to a course texture.
Return liquid back into the sauce pan.
Return the course bean mixture to the sauce pan.
Add the herb bag.
Add meatballs, butter, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Make Meatballs
Season with salt and pepper
Add flour and bind together with 2 beaten eggs.
Roll mixture into little balls as shown.
Place balls in the fridge until they are added to the soup.
Step 4: Make Turtle Bowl
Wash the squash.
Cut a lid using a serrated knife.
Scoop out the seeds and strings from the lid and bowl.
coat the lid edge of the lid and the bowl rim with olive oil to prevent the edges from curling up.
Using a skewer poke eye holes in the pickle.
Place pepper corn in the holes.
Using the toothpick stick the pickle to the squash for the turtles head and neck.
Step 5: Serve
Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
I have no way of knowing if this recipe taste like the real turtle soup or not, but Mrs. F L. Gillette wrote a comment in the cookbook: "This approaches so near in flavor to the real turtle soup that few are able to distinguish the difference." I think she is probably correct because I would think the foods grown were more like our organic today. President Taft was very fond of turtle soup and I read President Lincoln requested the mock turtle soup often, but I don't know if it is true or not, an interesting read none the less.
We thought it had a slight fishy flavor with a distinct taste.
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