Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 13, 2001 - Issue 27



Tasty Turtle


Turtle Soup 1

Prepare turtle, see how to prepare turtle meat at the end of the recipes.

In large pot add ... meat,

  • 1/2 head cabbage (chopped med.)
  • 1 lg.onion,
  • 6 med. taters
  • 6 stalks celery
  • 6 lg. carrots. (Chunk-cut veggies)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 c. corn
  • 1 c. peas
  • 1 c. green beans
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 3 T. flour
Add enough water to cover, simmer till carrots are almost done, then add 1/2 pkg egg noodles, and two hard-boiled eggs (chopped fine). When noodles are done, serve...Salt and pepper to taste...This is very good with french garlic bread....Enjoy....

Turtle Soup 2

  • Meat from an alligator, snapping or softshell turtle (5-8 lber)
  • 6 large taters
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can beef or chicken stock

Cut turtle meat into small pieces(1/2 by 1/2"). Brown meat in bacon grease, Cut veggies up, (large chunks). Put everything in dutch oven and cover with water. Bury in fire pit with coals. Go fishing. After about 8 hrs. Dig out and dig in...

"Pretty Good" Turtle Recipe

  • Meat from one medium-sized turtle, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4-5 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of peeled tomatoes or 8-10 fresh tomatoes, coarse chopped
  • 1 11 oz. can of corn or N package frozen corn.
  1. Brown turtle meat with onions and garlic in a hot skillet with a little cooking oil, (get the skillet real hot and drop the pieces of meat into the hot oil.) When the meat is browned on all sides drain oil and transfer meat, onions and garlic to a Dutch oven. Add potatoes, tomatoes and corn.
  2. Season the mixture with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Add water to just cover ingredients and cook covered at a high simmer for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked.
  3. At this point the stew is ready to eat. However, some people prefer to thicken the sauce with a whole wheat flour/water mixture. If you do this you should simmer the mixture for another 15 minutes.

How to Clean a Snapping Turtle

  • Slice around the edge of the bottom shell and cut through the joint between the top and bottom shell on each side.
  • The bottom shell will lift out like a can lid. Remove the entrails.
  • Slice the legs and neck loose from the inside of the top shell.
  • Skin out legs and neck. Parboil or pressure cook to make the meat tender before using in your favorite stew.



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