Crab bisque

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Crab, in shells
1 \N Leek, sliced coarsely
1 \N Carrot, sliced
1 \N Celery stalk, sliced
2 \N Shallots, chopped
1 \N Garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Tomato puree
1½ cup Dry white wine
2 quarts Water
1 \N Chicken bouillon cube
1 pinch Saffron
1 \N Herb bouquet
1 tablespoon Safflower or olive oil
4 tablespoons Cornstarch
4 tablespoons Non-fat powdered milk
4 \N Basil leaves
1 teaspoon Tarragon, minced
1 tablespoon Chives
½ teaspoon Cognac or brandy

Remove meat from shells. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat, then add the crab shells and cook them.

Stir slowly but continuously for 5 minutes. Add the vegetables and tomato puree and cook another 5 minutes, stirring. Add the wine and bring to a boil for 30 seconds, scraping the bottom to dissolve any coagulated juices. Add the water, bouillon cube, saffron and herb bouquet (½ ts thyme, ½ bay leaf, 5-6 fresh parsley stems, tied in cheesecloth). Return to a simmer and cook, covered, for 1 hour.

Pour the stock through a fine strainer into a bowl, pressing down on the vegetables and crab shells with a soup ladle to extract all of the liquid. (For a finer result, strain again through cheesecloth.) Return the stock to a boil. Moisten the cornstarch in a little cold water, then add it to the saucepan and boil for 4 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. (The recipe can be prepared ahead to this point and refrigerated.)

Bring stock to a simmer. Add the crabmeat and cook for 3 minutes.

Remove immediately with a slotted spoon and divide among 4 heated soup plates.

Pour the stock into a blender, add the powdered milk and cognac. Blend until smooth and homogeneous. Pour immediately into the soup plates over the crabmeat.

Garnish each dish with an equal amount of the herbs.

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