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Shrimp Bisque

Yield 2 quarts


  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • Grated rind of 1/3 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried whole thyme
  • 1/4 cup minced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/2 cup French bread crumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 quart whipping cream

How to Make It

  1. Place water in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp, and cook over high heat 2 minutes. Remove shrimp from cooking liquid with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid in Dutch oven; rinse shrimp with cold water. Set shrimp aside in refrigerator.

  2. Add onion, celery, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 3 tablespoons parsley, lemon rind, juice, and thyme to shrimp cooking liquid. Cover and cook over medium heat 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

  3. Finely chop 1 1/4 cups reserved cooked shrimp; set aside in refrigerator. Combine remaining reserved shrimp and 2 cups shrimp cooking liquid in container of an electric blender; process until smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining shrimp cooking liquid and vegetables. Return pureed mixture to Dutch oven; set aside.

  4. Sauté green pepper, green onion, remaining parsley, and 1 clove chopped garlic in 2 tablespoons butter; remove from heat, and cool slightly. Stir in chopped shrimp, bread crumbs, egg yolk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; shape shrimp mixture into 12 balls. Place shrimp balls on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Set shrimp balls aside and keep warm.

  5. Melt remaining butter in a small skillet over low heat; add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until roux is the color of a copper penny. Stir roux, remaining salt and pepper, and red pepper into bisque; cook over low heat until bisque is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and stir in whipping cream.

  6. Place shrimp balls in individual soup bowls; ladle bisque over balls. Serve immediately.

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