The name “bisque” came later than the soup, which was originally just called plain thick lobster soup.
Lobster Bisque Ingredients
5 cups fish stock or chicken stock
2/3 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup butter
3 celery stalks, scraped and cut into fine strips
2 carrots, scraped and cut into fine strips
1 leek, trimmed and sliced fine
1 onion, sliced thin and divided into rings
2 to 2 1/2 pounds lobster, 1 large or two small
1 cup white wine
3 tablespoons brandy
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Salt, pepper, and cayenne
3 tablespoons minced parsley
Makes 8 Servings
Boil stock with rice for 45 minutes. Heat half of the butter in a large kettle, add the vegetables, and stir over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Split lobsters, take out sac and intestinal vein, and arrange lobster halves cut side down on the vegetables. Cover and simmer for 4 minutes. Turn lobster halves and stir with the the vegetables until shells are bright red. Add wine and brandy, cover, and simmer for 7 minutes. Take out lobster, remove meat from shells, and set aside.
Pound the shells with a mallet and return them to the kettle with the stock and rice. Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, until liquid is reduced to 4 cups. Strain off the liquid, set it over medium heat, and whip in the cream and remaining 1/4 cup butter. Dice lobster meat and add it to the bisque. Add seasoning to taste and cook until lobster is heated through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve in warmed soup cups.
Note: At the season of the year when lobster shells are very soft , or if chicken lobsters are used, the shells can be crushed to a paste and pureed a blender to add color and flavor to the bisque.
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