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  • 1 ½-2 lbs. of turtle meat
  • Salt, red pepper, black pepper, garlic powder
  • 6-8 c. water
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ c. flour
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 3 T. minced garlic
  • 2 c. chopped fresh tomatoes (or you can use 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes)
  • ½ c. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ c. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ c. sherry, or more
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh parsley
  • 6-8 boiled eggs, chopped (save some for garnish)
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  1. Place the turtle meat in a large enough pot that when you put the water, it will cover the meat. Add about 2 t. salt and 1 t. red pepper to water. Bring to boil.
  2. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. With slotted spoon transfer meat to a platter.
  4. Cut meat into ½” diced cubes. Reserve the liquid.
  5. In another large sauce pan, combine the butter and flour and stir constantly until you achieve a dark roux.
  6. Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers and celery. Cook until veggies are tender.
  7. Add bay leaves and garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and meat. Stirring occasionally, cook another 5 minutes.
  9. Add the Worcestershire, about 6-8 c. of the stock, lemon juice and sherry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Add parsley, green onions and eggs. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste for seasoning.
  12. Garnish with parsley and additional chopped egg.
  13. When serving, place sherry on the side for guests to add more if they like.
*****This is one of those dishes I probably would not prepare. I think men like to do this dish. I just enjoy the end product. There are many variations to this dish.

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