Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Crab Bisque

Merry Christmas! I was surprised to have crab leftovers, and so I decided to make a crab bisque. If you don't have left over crab legs, your local sea food purveyor will have some shredded crab to add to your bisque. I had some carrots boiled in chicken broth from the night before. It was specially good with Husch Sauvignon Blanc I had gotten as Christmas present. This year we decided only to exchange edible items, which turned out to be so fun! This recipe was very easy and quick. It serves 4 bowls!


1 cup of shredded crab 
1 cooked carrot 
1/2 white onion 
4 tablespoons of butter 
2 cups of chicken broth
1/4 cup of half & half 
1 cup of milk 
4 tablespoons of flour 
1/2 cup of wine 
1 clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne 
1/4 teaspoon of white pepper 
Salt to taste

First fine chop the onion. Next fine chop the cooked carrots. On medium heat (3-4 minutes) saute the onions and carrots in two tablespoons of butter till onions are translucent. Place onions and carrots in to another bowl. Next on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 cup of chicken broth, flour, whisking constantly so that it does not clump. Add, another cup of broth and continue whisking for a 2-3 minutes. Once flour is smooth in chicken broth, add carrots, onions, crab. Continue cooking on medium heat and add half & half, milk, spices, and garlic. Make sure, while cooking you are stirring your soup. Do not let the soup reach boiling, and continue cooking for at least 5 minutes. Lastly, I add the wine, turn heat off, cover with a lid, and let the soup steep for 30 minutes or more. This is when the flavors really come to life!
Have a Happy Holiday! 

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