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What is Lobster Bisque?
There is nothing better than a warm, creamy bowl of lobster bisque. It is a great way to use live lobster, especially live Maine lobster. It is tasty, rich and oh so good. Red Lobster has a Lobster Bisque recipe on their website that you can easily make and enjoy. Here is a sample of their virtual fresh fish cookbook:
- 6 cups Water
- 2 cups Dry white wine
- 2 cups Fish stock
- 2 each 1¼ to 1½ lbs. live lobster
- ½ cup Melted butter, salted
- 1 cup Onions, finely diced
- ½ cup Carrots, finely diced
- ½ cup Celery, finely diced
- 1 tsp. Garlic, minced
- ½ cup All-purpose flour
- ¼ cup Cognac (or Brandy)
- 1½ cups Tomatoes, seeded and diced (fresh or canned)
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- ½ tsp. Thyme
- ¼ tsp. Ground red pepper
- 1 cup Heavy cream
- Place the water, the white wine and the fish stock into a wide, deep pot (or a Dutch oven), and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Place lobsters, topside down, in the broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for approximately 6 minutes. With a pair of tongs, turn lobsters and cook covered for another 6 minutes.
- Remove lobsters from broth and put them to the side. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, begin removing the meat from the shell, dicing the pieces into ½-inch cubes. Store the lobster meat in the refrigerator until later. Place the lobster shells back into the broth, reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Strain the broth through a sieve into a container and store in the refrigerator until later. Discard the lobster shells.
- Put your pot (or Dutch oven) back on the stove under medium heat. Pour in the melted butter.
- Once the butter is heated up, add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the cognac (or brandy) and cook until the alcohol has evaporated.
- Mix in the flour, stirring with a heavy gauge spatula or spoon until the mixture is blond in color and has a buttery aroma.
- Mix the diced tomatoes, paprika, thyme and ground pepper with the cold broth from the refrigerator. Then, pour the broth slowly into the butter and vegetable mixture. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes under medium low heat, stirring frequently so not to burn.
- Remove bisque from heat. Blend small amounts of bisque in blender and then puree. Puree all of the bisque and pour pureed bisque back into pot with remaining amount.
- Add chopped lobster meat and heavy cream, heat and serve. If the soup is too thick, thin it by adding milk or water prior to serving.
Adding a touch of brandy or sherry to the stock can bring a wonderful touch to this classic preparation. Lobster Bisque goes well with wines such as a Chardonnay or Cambria Katherine's Vineyard