Use Wellfleet oysters from Cape Cod, if possible. Reminiscent of chowder, this bisque is a touch lighter, filled out with wild rice rather than the more common potatoes. Use salt pork—an old New England favorite—for bacon, if you prefer.
1 1/2 bacon slices, chopped
2 cups chopped onion (about 2 medium)
2 cups shucked oysters, undrained
1 cup clam juice
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat 6 minutes or until crisp. Stir in onion; cover and cook 8 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally.
Strain oysters through a sieve over a bowl. Reserve oysters; add oyster liquid to pan. Combine clam juice and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add clam juice mixture, broth, and bay leaf to pan. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring mixture to a boil; cook until reduced to 2 cups (about 6 minutes).
Reduce heat to low. Discard bay leaf. Stir in rice, milk, half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in reserved oysters; cook 5 minutes or until edges of oysters curl. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and it was a hit. My husband specifically asked me to keep this recipe around. I agree with the reviewer who thought it was missing something. I may try floating a pat of butter on top of each bowl next time. I may also try the corn that a couple people have added; I just didn't have any on hand.
Excellent!! Changed the oysters to clams, added a little more pepper, added corn and dried parsley. Also used whole, mixed and chopped clams. This is a keeper. Ate with French bread slices. Mmmmmmmmmm rice and corn added that "something"
Very good flavor --- easy to prepare. I made a couple of changes -- used 1% milk, added about 1/2 C whole corn, some fresh thyme and used Chicken of the Sea canned oysters -- I can imagine how wonderful the bisque must be using fresh oysters, but canned is what I had in the pantry. I think the soup base would be good with clams as one reviewer noted using. We had the bisque with grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches. Quick, but tasty meal.