Turtle…Soup or Gumbo?

If you have a small crowd coming over and want something unusual and AMAZING to serve. This turtle soup is all that and a box of crackers.

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Recipe is coming, I swear. Just a little bit behind. I blame Nonna as she needs to hire me an assistant! With love, Aunt Winkie!

Turtle Soup/Gumbo

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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    • 1 big ol’ snapping turtle
    • 2 large onion (1 quartered and 1 chopped)
    • 1/4 cup garlic (used twice as Nonna loves garlic)
    • Dan Pastorini Texas Style Rub
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1/2 head of cauliflower
    • 1 zucchini (chopped)
    • 1 yellow squash (chopped)
    • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
    • celery (chopped)
    • 1 cup flower (flour)
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste
    • 1.5 pounds Pork & Venison Smoke Sausage (Kountry Boys) (chopped the way YOU like it!)
    • 1 or 2 lemons


    1. Cut up turtle meat into small chunks and sprinkle DP Texas Style Rub on turtle meat.
    2. In a large pot, add quartered onion, garlic, DP Garlic and Herb, Jacobsen Salt, Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings.
    3. Add water to the pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Put a lid over the pot. You are going to let the meat simmer for 3-4 hours so use enough water. The turtle meat will be soft and fall apart when done. (See Note 1)
    4. Drain meat and save the broth. You may need to strain the broth to remove unwanted stuff. You can shred the meat if you want.
    5. With a clean large pot, add 1 cup flour (not flower), 1 cup olive oil, 1/4 tomato paster, and stir over a low heat. You are making a red rue. This will take awhile. You must stir the rue the entire time to make sure it doesn’t burn. The mixture will be red with the ingredients mixed so that it is nice and smooth.
    6. Add celery, bell pepper, chopped onion, garlic, Kountry Boys Smoke Sausage, and sauté over a low/medium heat.
    7. Add turtle broth, yellow squash, zucchini, 1/2 head of cauliflower and mix. (See Note 2)
    8. Add boiled turtle meat and fresh squeezed lemon juice from the lemons.
    9. Taste test (all the meat is pre-cooked) and season to your liking. Nonna added Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasonings.
    10. Add more water if necessary. (See Note 3)
    11. Bring to a boil and then let simmer (lid off) until the veggies are cooked through.

Note 1: Nonna uses the same pots over and over and has learned how much water to use with each pot. She doesn’t measure. She uses a cast iron pot or a dutch oven pot, 6-7 qt.

Note 2: You could add green beans, potatoes, okra, or a variety of other vegetables if you like. Nonna added her favorites and you should as well because recipes are just good suggestions!

Note 3: Just gauge how much water based on your pot. Should be 2/3 to 3/4 full as you will let it simmer until the veggies are cooked through. Also, depends on how thick you want the soup.

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