Winter Soups: Seafood Bisque Recipe

When it gets to be about this time of year, every resident in Michigan is thankful for one thing: Soup. Few things are more hearty and comforting than a big bowl of warming nourishment, especially when it’s homemade! And the best part, if you make too much, they freeze beautifully. But where to start…

There are Bisques, Chowders, Stews, Chili, and the list goes on and on. While a great rule of thumb is to cook what’s in season produce-wise, we’re in the middle of a biting cold month, and we want something that will warm us from the inside out! We searched our recipe box, and found a crowd-pleasing and soul warming bisque that always leaves us happy

Seafood Bisque Recipe

Serves 6-8 guests

  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup chopped green onion
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  4. 4 tablespoons flour
  5. 5 cups whole milk
  6. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  9. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 cup heavy cream
  11. 1 pound crab meat, cleaned
  12. 1 pound cooked shrimp or lobster, chopped
  13. ½ cup dry sherry
  14. 1 tablespoons green onion tops

In a heavy soup pot, heat butter. Add green onion and celery, and sauté until tender.  Blend in flour, and cook about 2 minutes, stirring.  Slowly add the milk to the flour mixture, whisking as you add.  Cook until thickened over low heat, then add the pepper, salt, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and heavy cream.  Stir in the crab meat, shrimp or other seafood and sherry.  Bring to a low simmer and cook about 8-10 minutes until heated.  Transfer to a large warmed soup tureen, and garnish with green onion tops.


Some other tips for Winter Soups:

  • Use blended potatoes to thicken soups in place of heavy cream
  • Buy a hand/immersion blender to puree your soups-much easier than using a standard blender or food processor
  • Every soup tastes better with the zing of citrus or vinegar- brighter your winter soups!
  • A variety in mouthfeel is always a good touch, so be sure to top your soups with a nice toasted crostini



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