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Turtle Soup From Beans


  • 1 quart of black beans
  • thyme
  • 1 teaspoonful of summer savory and parsley
  • 1 tablespoonful of cold butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 hard-boiled yolks of eggs quartered
  • force meat balls
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1/2 glass of wine


Soak black beans over night; 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, summer savory and parsley, and let it boil in the mixture. Add butter, salt and pepper. Add yolks and force meat balls to the soup with lemon, and wine just before serving the soup.

This approaches so near in flavor to the real turtle soup that few are able to distinguish the difference.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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