Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
adapted from bon appetit, this uses the lovely shrimp stock that we made in the french forum last week.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon (or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 3 cups shrimp stock
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons long-grain white rice
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- Melt butter in heavy large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shrimp and sauté until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to bowl.
- Add celery, onion, carrot, tarragon and lemon peel to Dutch oven. Sauté until vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add white wine and brandy and boil 2 minutes. Add shrimp stock, whipping cream, rice and tomato paste. Cover pot and simmer until rice is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
- Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to Dutch oven. Place all but 6 shrimp in blender. Add 3 cups soup and blend until shrimp are coarsely chopped. Add to soup.
- Bring soup to simmer, stirring frequently.
- season with salt and pepper.
- Ladle into 6 bowls; garnish each with 1 shrimp.
I was going to post a very similar recipe that I made from a Burt Wolf cookbook. That recipe called for a combination of dried basil, oregano and tarragon rather than all tarragon as indicated here. I also used an immersion blender and left mine kind of chunky. The bisque was just superb and a perfect treat.
This soup is perfect! The color is beautiful a pale apricot/pink; the aroma--especially with the fresh tarragon--is lovely and the flavor is terrific. I too used my immersion blender and pureed the soup, but I did for a while to get it very smooth. I was tempted to strain it to make it even smoother, but the taste ws so good we just ATE it. I think also the fact that it was made with Chia's shrimp stock made a very big difference. Delicious, Chia!
I was unable to attend the tutorial as it was going on, but prepared this lovely soup yesterday. This has a wonderful flavor and color and smelled terrific! I used an immersion blender & pureed the bisque with only half of the shrimp. I floated the rest on top of the servings. I served this with a french bagette and a green salad. Thank you chia for another lovely meal. The tutorials you & Chef Kate do in the French Cooking Forum are so worthwhile and much appreciated!