Traditional Lobster Bisque Recipe from Boston
Shown above: A Boston Lobster Bisque Recipe. Scroll down for simple directions.
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Lobster Bisque Recipe
Try this amazingly authentic Lobster Bisque Recipe from Boston:
- 2 small lobsters, steamed, meat removed, and diced
- 4 slices bacon, crosscut into very thin strips
- ½ cup onion, diced small
- ½ cup celery, diced small
- ½ cup celery root, diced small
- ½ cup carrots, turnips, or parsnips, diced small
- ½ cup diced potato
- 3 cups lobster stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sherry, dry
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. white pepper
- sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Lobster Bisque Recipe Chowder Base:
- In a heavy-bottom saucepan over a low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour to form a roux.
- Let the roux cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Whisk in cold lobster stock one cup at a time. Add the thyme stems (not leaves) and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Add the cream and simmer for another 10 minutes—being careful not to scorch the bottom.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and put aside.
- While the stock is cooking, cook the bacon in a sauté pan over a medium heat until it is very crisp.
- Remove the bacon but leave the fat in the pan.
- Add the diced vegetables to the pan and cook in the bacon fat until they start to lightly color (approximately 2 minutes).
- Drain off any excess fat and let the vegetables cool.
- In a small pan simmer the diced potato in salted water until tender but not too soft.
- Let cool and mix with the cooled vegetables, bacon and lobster meat.
- Warm the chowder base over a medium heat until just beginning to simmer;
- add the sherry and let simmer for 2–3 minutes, careful not to burn the bottom. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the vegetable mixture to a sauté pan and gently warm through
- season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
- Divide the vegetable mixture between four warm soup bowls and pour the hot chowder base over the top.
- Sprinkle the thyme leaves on top and serve. Another garnish idea (shown above) is chopped scallions, avocado and Nasturtium flowers.
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