As I thought about the state and the region, I immediately thought of seafood. While traveling in the state I am always trying to find the best Lobster Bisque or Clam Chowder. As I thought about preparing something it dawned on me that I have a super recipe for Seafood Bisque which meets the challenge. This is a family favorite.
There is actually a funny story about this bisque. In 2009 while visiting my daughter in Seattle, I mentioned that I was thinking about starting a food blog. We talked about what to call it....it was after dinner....I had made Seafood Bisque. We tossed numerous names back and forth...when I looked down to see a sprig of thyme laying across the soup spoon in my empty bowl. That was it, A Spoonful of Thyme was born and all because of this Seafood Bisque!
adapted from Biederbeck's
Yield: 8-10 servings
4 Tablespoons butter
Small onion, small dice
1 rib celery, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tsp dry mustard
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp tarragon
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
3/4 cup flour
2 cups clam nectar
3/4-1 cup white wine
1 cup chili sauce
1 3/4 cup tomato puree
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 cups half and half
1/2 lemon with rind
Two dashes Tabasco
Two dashes Worcestershire Sauce (more to taste, if desired)
2 cans minced clams (do not drain)
6 oz. baby shrimp (or 2 cans, drained)
5 scallops, quartered
8 ounces white fish (cod, perch, etc.) cut into small chunks
1 can crab, drained (or 3 ounces fresh crab)
Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onion, celery, parsley, and the next seven spices. Set aside.
Make a roux of the flour, clam nectar and wine in a Dutch oven. Cook down just a little and stir in the sauteed ingredients. (Watch carefully, it thickens quickly.)
Add the next seven ingredients. Stir to blend. Add the remaining seafood and heat to cook.
NOTE: This seafood in this soup can be varied. Whatever you have on hand or wherever your taste guides you!
The nicest part about today was that it was perfect weather for soup! And for those men out there who really want a substantial bowl of soup, this is it! It is filled with the very best and tasty seafood!!