Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Big Bowl of Crabby Goodness



Spencer has a new found craving for Crab Bisque.  He has gone to a local restaurant a few times for lunch and this is his favorite thing on the menu.  He has been wanting me to taste it for quite some time so I could get the taste for it and try to recreate it but I just haven't gotten the chance.  I finally decided to start searching for recipes, since I wasn't sure when I would be able to go and try this bisque, in hopes to come across one that is similar to his new found favorite.  I think we came close with this recipe!   

It's hard to try to recreate something not ever tasting it. I was going by Spencer's memory and the recipe I found.  He was very pleased with the outcome, as was I.  I really didn't know what to expect and what the texture was supposed to be since I had never had any type of bisque before.  This recipe was awesome; it was so creamy and buttery and just full of flavor.  I could taste every flavor that was included in this recipe; the flavor of the sauteed vegetables, even though they weren't in the final product, were so evident...It was amazing.  

This recipe was incredible and there really wasn't that much to it.  Out of all the ones out there, and there are a ton, I'm glad I chose this one to follow.  Now that I've finally made a bisque I know that I will be making more; and I won't be afraid to branch out now that I know what to expect.  We enjoyed it so much, I hope you do too!  

Crab Bisque 


4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped 
2 large carrot, chopped 
2 stalk celery, chopped
1 quart (32 ounces) chicken stock
1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste (I used Hunt's Roasted Garlic)  
1 Pound, 4 Ounces lump crab meat (Reserve a little to top when serving
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cooking sherry 
1 cup heavy cream, divided
Sea salt and ground white pepper to taste
2 teaspoons paprika 
Whole or chopped chives for garnish (optional)


In a large stock or soup pot, melt one tablespoon of butter with the olive oil. Cook onion, carrots and celery over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned. Add stock and tomato purée and simmer 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve and return liquid to pot, discard vegetables. Measure out 1 cup of strained liquid and set aside.
Melt remaining butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour and stir until smooth. Very slowly stir in sherry and the cup of reserved liquid. Add this mixture to the large stock pot and bring to boil, whisking until smooth. Reduce heat, add crab meat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.  Season with sea salt and white pepper.

In a small bowl, blend 1/4 cup cream with paprika. Set aside. When ready to serve bisque, whisk remaining 3/4 cup cream into bisque and adjust seasonings. Ladle bisque into bowls and top with reserved claw meat pieces. Garnish with paprika-spiced cream and chives if desired.



Adapted From: Whole Foods




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