Simple Seafood Bisque

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Simple Seafood Bisque
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This is the tale of how a delicious seafood bisque recipe ended up in the hands of The Modern Proper.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful bride about to be married to her true love. Her best friend (me) was given the honor of standing beside her on that day to bear witness to the blessed occasion. As is the custom with maids of honor, I had the privilege of participating in all the festivities leading up to that moment. And, because there are few things my dear friend loves more than good food (the exception being her husband, of course), I was more than enthusiastic to be a part of it all (I also just really love her). The evening before the big day we gathered in the gracious home of her aunt (the consummate host) to cheers to a bright future full of love and adventure. As the food poured out of the kitchen everything was delicious. The conversation was rich, and the company even better. Then arrived the bisque…the star of the meal. I slurped up that first bite and MY. MIND. WAS. BLOWN. Creamy, hearty, and rich in the best of ways. That dish left quite the impression on all of us


It’s meant to be rich, guilt-ridden and soul-feeding.

Simple Seafood Bisque

Fast forward to a year later, my husband (Mort) and I were celebrating our first Christmas as a newly married couple and I was seeking to set traditions for our new life together in our tiny 100 year old bungalow. For me, a good tradition always starts with food (duh). I was searching for recipes that would never be forgotten. You know, those ones where one bite brings you back to a time and place, the kind of recipe you save for special occasions and people look forward to all year long, a recipe as full of nostalgia and comfort as it is flavor? It was a tall order indeed. It was then that Mort put in his request for the bisque that had clearly left its mark over a year earlier.

I rang up my friend to see if the secret of that soup could be let out, just long enough to make it into my recipe box, and after a quick call to her aunt (who shared the recipe had been shared from a friend out of Louisiana) that heavenly bisque was simmering on MY stove. At the request of my husband, family and now many, many friends, this bisque is served each December to a very happy crowd.

This year, while brainstorming with Holly what recipe to gift all of you (new friends of The Modern Proper) for Christmas, this soup was the clear winner. It's decadent, luxurious, and not just another version of roast meat (there's just something special about seafood for the holidays, don't you think?). So, as should be the case with all family recipes, we asked for permission to share it and received the reply “Of course, recipes are meant to be shared!” Now that's an idea we firmly stand behind.

Being a bisque, there is nothing healthy about this dish. To be completely honest, if the words “healthy bisque” appear in the title of any recipe, you should be slightly concerned. It’s meant to be rich, guilt-ridden and soul-feeding.

As we share this recipe (from a Mortimer family favorite, which was a Siers family favorite, which we first tasted in the Buster home) we hope that it becomes a Modern Proper classic that you'll share with all of your loved ones.

Simple Seafood Bisque

On a side note, the dear friend who’s rehearsal dinner featured this soup some 7 years ago is none other than Alyssa Siers. This year she joined the TMP team to be the ‘behind the scenes’ editor of everything you read. She is a gift not only to the blog, but also to Holly and I as a friend. She encourages us constantly to keep pursuing our dream and gives great input on final tweaks to our recipes. Thank you Alyssa for this recipe and for all that you do!

My wish for all of you this Christmas is that whatever dish or dishes you’re preparing, its flavors would feed your family’s soul as well as their stomachs and beckon comfort and nostalgia with every bite. May this be a holiday to remember in the name of good food. Merry Christmas!

Simple Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 lb crawfish meat
1.5 lb shrimp meat
1/2 lb crab meat
1 lb butter
1 bunch green onions (white and green parts), finely chopped
1/2 cup flour
1 qt heavy cream
1 qt half and half
1 16oz can creamed corn
1/2 tbsp Tony's Cajun Seasoning
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 tbsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Method

  1. In a large pot, melt butter and saute onions.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and onions and stir until flour is fully incorporated.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  4. Serve with white wine and a good loaf of sour dough bread.