Tremé Mock Turtle Soup

Mock Turtle Soup

When it comes to convenience, nothing beats the ease and practicality of the slow cooker. With ever-busier schedules, sometimes it feels as though we have less time to create the delicious dishes we crave (like mock turtle soup).

The desire for cherished New Orleans meals prepared in a quick and stress-free manner was the inspiration behind In a While, Crocodile (Pelican Publishing Company, 2014), a collection of low-maintenance Creole recipes (and lagniappe) that can all be prepared ahead of time in a slow cooker.

Tremé Mock Turtle Soup
Serves 4
This Mock Turtle Soup tastes just like the real thing.
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  1. ¾ cup unsalted butter
  2. 6 celery stalks, chopped
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1½ pounds ground sirloin
  6. 1 (15-ounce) can tomato purée
  7. 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  8. 1 (14.5-ounce) can beef broth
  9. ½ cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1 cup water
  10. ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  11. 1 cup ketchup
  12. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  13. 2 bay leaves
  14. 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  15. 1 teaspoon salt
  16. ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  17. ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  18. ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  19. 6 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
  20. ½ cup sherry
  21. Garnish: lemon slices
  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add celery, onion, and garlic, and cook until just softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sirloin, and cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to an 8-quart 
slow cooker.
  2. To slow cooker, add tomato purée, broths, flour mixture, Worcestershire, ketchup, hot sauce, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 
4 hours.
  3. Add lemon juice, and cook 30 minutes. Remove bay laves, and stir in parsley, eggs, and sherry. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired. Serve immediately.
Adapted from In a While, Crocodile (Pelican Publishing Company, 2014)
Adapted from In a While, Crocodile (Pelican Publishing Company, 2014)
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