My apologies for those that are vegetarian, vegan and those who cannot stand the idea of eating or even preparing offal. On the other hand it is almost a must for many people, for some for health reasons. This Trotter Soup is especially good for people joint problems. Even some doctors prescibe it. This recipe is from my mother and it is approved my my father.
This recipe doesn’t have any secret tips to share. The trotters must be washed thoroughly, must be bought from a trustworthy market or butcher. Traditionally in Turkey most of the people prefer lamb trotters, however I know that in USA lamb trotters are not allowed. Trotters are parts of the animal where there is very few blood veins so if the animal is given any hormones this part is least, if any, affected.
You must cook the trotters for about an hour so that the meat on the bones almost fall apart; using a pressure cooker will obviously make the cooking shorter. When you are adding the thickenning mixture make sure to add while you are continiously stirring and the mixture should be warmed up before – read the below recipe for details.
Adjust the amount of vinegar and garlic according to your taste.
Wash well the trotters. Add trotters and water to cover in a pot, preferrably a pressure cooker. Cook until the meat easily comes off the bones.
Drain the water to another pot, to get rid of any small bones. Used a metal food skimmer.
Separate all the meat and the marrow from the bones and cut to small pieces. Add these back to the drained water.
In a bowl mix well all the thickenning ingredients until you obtain a smooth mixture.
Add several spoons of the soup to the thickenning mixture, one by one, while stirring the thickenning mixture. Once this mixture is warm pour it slowly to the soup, again while mixing the soup. If you do not make the thickening mixture warm or you don't stir the yoğurt and/or the egg will be cooked to fast and will have an unpleasent look in your soup.
Heat up the soup to boil and close heat.
Taste and add salt if you like.
Serve hot with the garnish served next to it in a separate bowl for every person to add according to their taste.