Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:
- Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
- It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
- It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites “twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
- Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
- Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked…
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