Friday, August 24, 2012

Sweet Saturday #17 with Crab and Corn Bisque

Today my poor little sweetie is sick, so I'm going to keep things simple and just post this yummy Crab and Corn Bisque recipe I stumbled across on Allrecipes.comIt's not exactly "sweet", and exactly "healthy", but it's good! My neighbor likes to go crabbing on the weekends and she was kind enough to give me a big bag of pre-cooked blue crabs last week. Lucky me!

I love crab and most seafood in general, but preparing crabs freshly out of their shell is not quite my forté. It was quite a process getting the meat out of those suckers, and I wish I'd taken more pictures, but I was so busy last week with other things as well I had to focus on simply getting the job done! Unfortunately, due to my inexperience with cracking open crab shells, I caught more than few bits of broken shell in this soup, so please more careful than I was if you decide to use fresh crabs!

This bisque is totally worth using fresh crab meat though, I must say. Quite a yummy find, and fairly easy. I had it with the Old Bay-Style Sweet Potato Fries I featured here on Meatless Monday, and it was a perfect combo. Enjoy! 

  
Crab and Corn Bisque
adapted from Allrecipes.com
(serves 8-10)
 
Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 (14 ounce) cans chicken or vegetable broth
3 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (I used Old Bay)
salt and pepper to taste
4 ears corn, kernels cut from cob (or 1 14-16 oz bag frozen)
1/2 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
16 ounces fresh lump crabmeat (I used meat from 7 crabs)
Heat butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion and cook until soft and translucent for about 5 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, Cajun or Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir corn into boiling broth, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low.  
Remove 1 cup of the soup, setting aside to cool slightly. Next, pour the 1 cup of soup into a food processor along with the half-and-half. Puree for 30 to 45 seconds, and set aside. 
In a small bowl, stir together flour and milk. Slowly stir mixture into simmering soup. Stirring constantly, simmer for 1 to 2 minutes until well combined. After that, stir in pureed mixture. Reduce heat to low, stir in crab meat, and cook until warmed through, for about another 5 minutes. Allow to cool before serving with Old Bay-Style Sweet Potato Fries, crusty bread, Caesar salad, or whatever you want!

I imagined quite a few additional ingredients you can put in this soup:
  • chopped bell pepper
  • sliced jalapeno
  • cubed potatoes
  • extra black pepper
  • fresh tomato
Let me know if you try it! 

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14 comments:

  1. What an absolutely mouthwatering meal. The bisque sounds amazing...and I adore sweet potato fries...so, YUM.

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  2. I love corn chowder .... I wonder if I can sneak the crab past my husband :o)

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  3. Oh my yum!!! Stopping by to say Happy Weekend and thanks so much for linking up with us WEd. It is always so sweet to see ya and to know that I can find the yummiest and healthiest info here when I make my way back for a visit.

    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

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  5. This bisque looks delicious! I love anything with crab. I'll be making this for sure! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend! :)
    Bridget

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  6. Hope your little one is felling better by now. Delicious looking recipe! Thank you for hosting. Have a great day!

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  7. That Bisque sounds wonderful, total comfort food. Hope your little one is feeling better soon. Hugs!

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  8. Thanks for the great post & for hosting the linkup, & God bless,
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  9. Your crab & corn bisque looks full of rich goodness Jessica. You are so right about working with crabs - it's a lot of work.

    I hope your sweetie is feeling better. And thank you for inviting me to link my tomato tart. I'm so glad to get the opportunity to know you. I will tell my friends about your blog devoted to healthy mommies and babies. It's a fabulous idea and one that I know will be greatly appreciated. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I'm off now to see your Pinterest boards.
    Sam

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  10. Hope your sweetie is all better now
    Thanks for hosting.

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  11. Perfect for corn season. I will pin it thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

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  12. Congrats, your chowder is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. Always great to see your recipes.

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