She crab soup
Charleston, South Carolina is recognized for their stylish She Crab Soup. A cross among a bisque and a chowder, manufactured with their renowned blue crab meat. In sophisticated society, terrapin, oyster, or crab soups were the accepted preliminary to a sumptuous banquet.
This soup/bisque/chowder is considered the city’s signature dish. Regional dining establishments offer their own edition, and in numerous Charleston restaurants, the soup du jour is frequently She Crab Soup. With the abundance of blue crabs available in the coastal Carolina waters, this soup became extremely well-known.
Culinary historian John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking, credits the Scottish settlers who arrived in the Carolinas in the early 1700s with bringing their popular seafood bisque recipes named partan-bree, a crab and rice soup, to the region.
The addition of the crab roe (or crab eggs) is credited to William Deas, a butler and a cook to R. Goodwyn Rhett, mayor of Charleston. In accordance the neighborhood legend, William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th president of the United States, was getting “wined and dined” by Mayor R. Goodwyn Rhett (1862-1939), mayor of Charleston from 1903 to 1911 residence – the property of a single of the original signers of the United States Constitution, John Rutledge. Rhett’s most prominent guest was William Howard Taft, who visited Charleston in 1909 and yet again in 1910. Supposedly, the Rhetts’ asked their butler to “dress up” the pale crab soup they normally served. The butler extra orange-hued crab eggs to give colour and boost the taste, hence inventing the Charleston delicacy know as She Crab Soup.
These days this historic home is recognized as The John Rutledge House Inn and is an excellent bed and breakfast offering gracious southern hospitality. John Rutledge constructed this classy residence as a wedding gift for his bride Elizabeth Grimke in 1763.