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Martha Washington's Crab Soup Recipe

Recipe From the First First Lady in "Founding Mothers"

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

The recipes of presidential families have often become White House favorites, and such was the case for Martha Washington's Crab Soup.

The recipe is among those featured in the new book "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts.


  • Fresh Crabs
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Whole Lemon rind, grated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sherry
  • Dash Worcestershire Sauce
  • Cooking Directions

    Boil enough crabs in salted water to make 1/2 pound (or use 1 cup canned or frozen) crabmeat. Combine butter, flour, hard-boiled eggs that have been mashed, rind of one lemon grated, and salt and pepper to taste.

    Bring milk to boil in a saucepan. Then pour it slowly into the egg mixture. Add the crabmeat to the milk-egg mixture and cook gently five minutes.

    Add heavy cream; remove from the heat before it reaches a full boil. Add sherry and a dash of Worcestershire Sauce. Serve piping hot.

    Excerpted from Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: crab, eggs, sherry, flour

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Dinner, Lunch, Soup

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