Oyster-and-Leek Bisque

Coastal Living
4 quarts

Ingredients

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4 bacon slices
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 medium leeks, thinly sliced
1 cup dry white wine
4 cups fish stock
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked regular rice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 dozen small fresh oysters (about 5 (12-ounce) containers), divided
3 cups whipping cream
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup chopped chives

Preparation

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

Melt butter in hot drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add leeks, and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in fish stock and next 3 ingredients; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in 1 dozen oysters.

Process oyster mixture in batches in a blender until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides; return to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and stir in whipping cream, remaining 3 dozen oysters, lemon juice, and next 3 ingredients; cook 1 minute. Sprinkle each serving with reserved bacon and chives.

Created date

May 2001