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Mock Turtle Soup

  • 1 calf's head
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1/3 cup onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup carrot
  • 2 cups brown soup stock
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup meat
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Madeira wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Clean the calf's head. Soak for approximately an hour in cold water. Cook until tender in 3 quarts of boiling, salted water containing seasoning and vegetables. Take out the head. Boil stock until reduced to 1 quart. Strain and cool. Melt and brown butter. Add flour. Stir constantly until well browned. Pour on brown stock. Add head stock, stewed tomatoes, meat and lemon juice. Simmer for 5 minutes (be patient, you rascal). Add Madeira wine, pepper and salt to taste.

Mock Turtle Soup

  • 1 calf's head
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • 2 tablespoon turnip
  • bit of bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons Madeira
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 2 tablespoons carrot
  • 2 tablespoons celery
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ham
  • 1 cup meat from calf's head
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups brown stock
  • 1 tablespoon mushrooms
Cover calf's head with cold water, add vinegar, vegetables, seasonings, and simmer two hours. Remove one cup of meat. Simmer two hours longer. Strain; cool; remove fat. Brown butter; add flour, and brown; add brown stock, strained liquor, chopped ham, calf's head meat, lemon, Madeira and mushrooms. Reheat and serve like a rascal with a smile on your face.
Should it be necessary to keep the soup hot, delay adding wine until serving.

Beef's Head as Stock for Soup

  • 1 beef's head, cut up into small pieces
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Catsup
  • Allspice
  • Onions, finely chopped
Boil the cut up pieces of head in a large quantity of water until it is all boiled to pieces. Take out all the bones and boil again until thick. While still hot, season very highly with pepper, salt, catsup, allspice and chopped onions. Put into a mold to get cold.

For a small family, cut a thick slice, say 5 inches square, whenever you want soup in a hurry, adding about a quart of water. It needs to cook for only a few minutes (be patient, you rascal).

By adding a few slices of hard boiled egg and 1/2 cup of good cooking wine, this soup may have very nearly the flavor of mock turtle soup.
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