How to Make Mock Turtle Soup
Homemade recipe for fake or mock turtle soup.
Soak over night one quart of black beans; next day boil them in
the proper quantity of water, say a gallon, then dip the beans out
of the pot and strain them through a colander. Then return the flour
of the beans, thus pressed, into the pot in which they were boiled.
Tie up in a thin cloth some thyme, a teaspoonful of summer savory
and parsley, and let it boil in the mixture. Add a tablespoonful
of cold butter, salt and pepper. Have ready four hard-boiled yolks
of eggs quartered, and a few force meat balls; add this to the soup
with a sliced lemon, and ½ a glass of wine just before serving
This mock soup approaches so near in flavor to the real turtle
soup that few are able to distinguish the difference.
Scald a well-cleansed calf's head, remove the brain, tie it up
in a cloth, and boil an hour, or until the meat will easily slip
from the bone; take out, save the broth; cut it in small square
pieces, and throw them into cold water; when cool, put it in a stewpan,
and cover with some of the broth; let it boil until quite tender,
and set aside.
In another stewpan melt some butter, and in it put a quarter of
a pound of lean ham, cut small, with fine herbs to taste; also parsley
and one onion; add about a pint of the broth; let it simmer for
two hours, and then dredge in a small quantity of flour; now add
the remainder of the broth, and a quarter bottle of Madeira or sherry;
let all stew quietly for ten minutes and rub it through a medium
sieve; add the calf's head, season with a very little cayenne pepper,
a small amount of salt, the juice of one lemon, and, if desired, a quarter
teaspoonful pounded mace and a dessert-spoon sugar.
Having previously prepared force meat balls, add them to the soup,
and five minutes after Serve piping hot.