Shrimp Bisque

shrimp bisque

I created this recipe using a few techniques from Paula Deen and Anthony Bourdain. Sounds scary, right? Results -

A better shrimp bisque than you can find in any restaurant in this region. A bold claim I will not often make. The secret is in the stock and is much easier to make than you may think.

Best shrimp to use: Fresh, of course but,  UNCOOKED shrimp WITH Shells from your local Kroger will work.  The brand -  Key West, Premium Select, Large. You can find these  in the frozen seafood section.

Shrimp Stock

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk celery, with leaves, chopped

4 – 5 cups water

twist of lemon peel

salt and pepper to taste

bay leaf

shells from peeled shrimp

1 cup of white wine ( Barefoot – Sauvignon Blanc)

Slowly bring all ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan. Partially cover, and cook at medium heat for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly and puree in blender with steel blades.

Shrimp Bisque

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup small diced onion

1 tablespoon chopped garlic (3 cloves)

1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

1 cup half-and-half

4-5  cups chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon thyme

2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (white if available)

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Chopped chives for garnishing

Using a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once oil is hot, add the onions. Saute until onions are a very light caramel color. Add garlic and heat for 1 minute. Add shrimp, 0ld bay seasoning and heat for one minute, stirring gently. Add chicken broth, and thyme. and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Season with  kosher salt and pepper to taste.

In a clean large pot enough to hold stock, combine 4 tablespoons of butter with 4 tablespoons of flour to form a roux (use a wooden spoon).  Add half-and-half , then strained shrimp stock using whisk, until thick.

Combine the chicken broth mixture with the roux.  Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer until shrimp are just cooked.

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