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Thomas Jefferson’s Crab Soup

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Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman

Jefferson was said to be an adventurous eater, having used his own garden to experiment with foreign vegetables. He also had a hankering for deviled eggs and deviled crab. Want to eat like a Commander-in-Chief why not give this presidential recipe a try.


  • ½ pound fresh crabmeat
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-½ tablespoons flour
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, mashed
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sherry
  • Dash Worcestershire


    1. Boil crabs in salted water to get the meat (if using fresh).
    2. In a large saucepan, combine butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
    3. Boil on low heat and pour milk in slowly. Add crabmeat to milk mixture and gently cook for 5 minutes.
    4. Add cream and remove from heat before it reaches a full boil.
    5. Add sherry and Worcestershire. Serve.
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