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Fried Soft Shelled Turtle (Cooter)

 
INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds turtle meat, cut into 4-inch pieces
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup flour
2 eggs, separated
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoon olive oil
1½ cups Tennessee Gourmet® Apple & Spice Sauce (any flavor)

DIRECTIONS:

Soak turtle meat in salted water at least 1 hour or overnight, refrigerated. In a medium stockpot, add turtle meat and cover with water. Add vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until turtle is tender, about 1½ hours. Remove turtle from stockpot and drain well.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, reduce Apple & Spice Sauce to 1 cup. Keep warm.
Combine flour, milk, egg yolks, olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Beat egg whites until stiff, fold into batter. Dip turtle pieces into batter and fry in 375° F. deep fryer until golden.
Serve with warmed Tennessee Gourmet™ sauce.

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