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Lobster Bisque

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)
Lobster shells flavor the broth in this dish, while potato adds body. Finished with a splash of brandy, this rich soup is most satisfying as a first course.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups clam juice
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, divided
  • 2 (1 1/4-pound) whole Maine lobsters
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrot, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb, divided
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 fresh parsley sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped peeled baking potato
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • Chive sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 153
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 16.3 g
  • carbohydrate 9 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 84 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 407 mg
  • calcium 83 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 3 cups water, clam juice, and 1/2 cup wine in an 8-quart stockpot; bring to a boil. Add lobsters; cover and cook 10 minutes or until bright red. Remove lobsters from pan, reserving liquid in pan. Cool lobsters. Remove meat from tail and claws. Discard any roe or tomalley. Chop meat; chill until ready to use. Place lobster shells in pan. Add remaining 2 cups water, 1 cup carrot, 1 cup celery, 1 cup onion, 1/2 cup fennel, broth, tarragon, thyme, parsley, and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 1 1/2 hours. Drain through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

  2. Melt butter in pan over medium heat; add remaining 1/2 cup carrot, remaining 1/2 cup celery, remaining 1/2 cup onion, remaining 1/2 cup fennel, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup wine; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Sprinkle flour over carrot mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in reserved cooking liquid and potato; cook 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Add tomatoes; cook 10 minutes. Place one-third of mixture in blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in lobster, milk, cream, and brandy; cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Garnish with chive sprigs, if desired.