She-crab soup

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She-crab soup
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Place of originUnited States
Region or stateSouth Carolina
Main ingredientsAtlantic blue crab meat, crab roe, crab or fish stock, milk or heavy cream, dry sherry

She-crab soup is a rich soup, similar to bisque, made of milk or heavy cream, crab or fish stock, Atlantic blue crab meat, and (traditionally) crab roe, and a small amount of dry sherry added as it is plated. It may be thickened either by heat reduction or with a purée of boiled rice; it may also include such seasonings as mace and shallots or onions. The soup is a regional specialty from Tidewater Virginia, the South Carolina Lowcountry and Georgia coast. It is commonly featured on the menus of many Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia restaurants.[1][2][3]

The soup is named for the "she-crab", or female crab, originally a gravid (roe-carrying) crab, as the orange crab roe comprise a chief ingredient in traditional she-crab soup. As with turtle soup, other ingredients may be added to the soup or substituted for others, although crabmeat is found in all versions.

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  1. ^ Levitas, Gloria (June 27, 1982). "She-Crab Soup: Southern Tradition", New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Scott Hurst, Andrea. "She-Crab Soup", Southern Living. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "She-Crab Soup Recipe and History", What's Cooking America. Retrieved November 1, 2015.