Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Seafood Bisque w/ Homemade Croutons (Made Easy)

Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Seafood Bisque is something that mystifies many people because of the deep rich and creamy flavors that come out of the dish. There is nothing like serving up a dish to your family and friends that sounds like it costs an arm & a leg and required hours of painstaking labor in the kitchen. A dish like this does wonders, especially when the weather continues to cool off across Nation.
With this version here you get all of the same hearty flavors at a fraction of the cost and time.
The key to this is to make sure you have all of your ingredients ready at one time, you will hate yourself if you have everything going and then realize you still need to remove the lobster or shrimp from their shells.
Serve this up alongside some warm Sourdough Bread and a cold glass of whatever tickles your fancy.

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This Recipe literally takes no time at all, enjoy it this evening with your friends, family and loved ones or by yourself, hell I am sure you deserve it.

2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green onion with tops, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1 glove garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups half and half
3 ½ cups fish stock
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
8 ounces cooked shrimp or lobster meat, chopped
Homemade croutons, recipe follows

In a medium saucepan, add celery, onions and butter, stirring occasionally. 
When tender add garlic and mix together.
Stir in flour and half and half.
Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in fish stock and parsley.
Cook for 10 minutes until it thickens.
Add shrimp meat and let simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through. 
Stir occasionally.
Add salt, to taste.
When ready, serve with croutons.

Homemade Croutons:
3 slices white bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut bread with a circle or oval shaped cookie cutter.
Place onto a cookie sheet and bake until toasted.

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