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Posted above the counter of the Soup Nazi's "take-out-only" Soup Kitchen is a sign laying out three important steps to buying his soup. Knowing that to violate these rules is to risk being refused service, as most of us have seen in the classic 1995 episode of Seinfeld. This is a "copycat" version of his Crab Bisque. From www.TopSecretRecipes.com P.S. The Rules 1. Stand on line & have your order & money ready when you get to the counter. 2. Tell the Soup Nazi your order & pay him. 3. Move to the far left to receive your order.
- 4 lbs snow crab legs (legs)
- 4 quarts water
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, quartered
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄3 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄8 teaspoon basil
- 1⁄8 teaspoon marjoram
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Remove crab meat from the shells and set aside.
- Put half of the shells into a large pot with 4 quarts of water over high heat.
- Add onion, 1 stalk of chopped celery, and garlic; bring to a boil.
- Continue to boil for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, then strain.
- Discard the shells, onion, celery and garlic, keeping only the stock.
- Measure 3 quarts (12 cups) of the stock into a large cooking pot.
- (If you don't have enough stock, add enough water to make 3 quarts).
- Add potatoes and bring mixture to a boil.
- Add 1/2 of the crab and remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer 4 hours, uncovered until it reduces by half and starts to thicken.
- Add the remaining crab and simmer for another hour until the soup is thick.
This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "The Best of Top Secret Recipes" (Penguin/Putnam 2002)
This was good, but I wasn't a fan of using the potatoes as a thickening agent rather than flour. It gave it kind of "chowder" taste, and I would have preferred a bisque. I also had to season at the end as I felt it was a little bland with no salt. I added my favorite seasoning agent: Tony's Cajun seasoning, and that gave it the kick I was looking for. Once I seasoned it, it was very good, but next time I will omit the potatoes and use flour to thicken.