I eat a lot of soup this time of year but I rarely eat bisque soups because they are typically made with cream and are higher in fat and calories than broth based soups. At Christmas I make an exception and I like to indulge in a bowl of Shrimp Bisque. It's creamy and rich and oh so delicious. I can't remember where I first found this recipe but I have been making it a long time. I made a double batch to serve at my Christmas party this year.
3 Tablespoons butter 4 plum tomatoes, diced
1 onion 4 cups chicken stock
1 carrot, sliced ½ cup bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic ½ cup heavy cream
2 pounds shrimp 2 Tablespoons sherry
2 Tablespoons parsley cayenne pepper
Saute 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth and cook 7 minutes.
Strain through sieve. Use a wooden spoon to get all of the liquid out of the vegetables in the strainer. I do this in small batches and pour the strained soup into pitchers.
My kids love it when I hand the camera over to them. They went a little crazy with pictures of me but it did help to show the process. If your looking for a great way to start your Christmas dinner - try my shrimp bisque - it's pretty terrific.
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