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Shrimp bisque by Chef Pharrell Worthylake of Artful Chefs

shrimp bisque by Artful Chefs owner, Chef Pharrell Worthylake

Shrimp bisque recipe by Chef Pharrell of Artful Chefs 

Shrimp bisque is a recipe classic and if prepared with traditional ingredients and technique, is AMAZING! It is a show stopper and never fails to impress.  

Shrimp bisque when served with a great bottle of wine and buttery baguettes; doesn’t need much else except maybe a simple salad to start. I hope you enjoy making this recipe. It will take some time and effort to prepare. With plenty of dirty pots and pans and lots of prep work. The result will be a delicious, creamy, rich flavored shrimp base that is sweet and savory. The color is beautiful and very dramatic when plated properly.  Prepare this for any special occasion and you will not be disappointed. 



Shrimp Bisque


Category: Soup, French| Seafood or Shellfish
Yield: 12 servings of 1.5 cup
Preparation time: 60 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Source: Artful Chefs
Stock Ingredients:  
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 cup sweet onions, large diced
1 cup celery – large dice
1 cup carrots – large dice
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1  teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 lemon – halved
4 quarts water
.5 pound shrimp shells – reserve the shrimp shells
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, whole clove – peeled
Shrimp Bisque Ingredients:
1 tablespoon safflower oil
2 cups sweet onions, minced
1 cup celery – minced
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup brandy
1/4 cup unsalted butter – at room temperature
1/4 cup AP flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 pounds 16 count shrimp, peeled – deveined, and medium chopped (shells reserved for stock)
1/2 cup green scallions – chopped (green part only)
1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley – chopped
2 pounds 16 count shrimp – deveined, cut in large chunk and leave some whole (shells reserved for stock)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon minced chives
1/4 cup crème fraiche – for garnish
1 teaspoon milk – to thin the crème

Start the broth for the shrimp bisque. Prepare the shrimp by removing the shells and keeping the shrimp on ice. Rinse the shells in a colander under clean running water and reserve for the stock. Keep shells and shrimp separately in covered containers in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To make the stock:
In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onions, celery, carrots, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Squeeze the lemon halves over the pot and add the lemon shells. Add the water, shrimp shells, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving the stock. Set aside. You can do this the day before if you wish.

To make the Bisque: Prepare mirepoix. In a large, heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes. Add the herbs, tomato paste, and brandy and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 1 hour.

Prepare a beurre manie by combining the softened butter and flour in a small bowl and kneading it with your fingers until you have a smooth paste. Add the butter mixture a tablespoon at a time to the pot, whisking after each addition. Cook for 5 minutes, then slowly pour in the cream, whisking constantly. Add the shrimp and stir to mix. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the soup garnish with a sauté of the shrimp cut into large chunks, in a little olive oil over medium heat. Turn the shrimp after 2 minutes and add the butter, garlic and fresh minced chives. Stir the pan to coat the garlic. After one minute, begin to toss the shrimp and the garlic a few times until the shrimp is solid pink and solid white all the way through. (Not over 2 minutes or the shrimp will be rubbery). Remove from the pan and keep warm.

Finally, thin the crème fraiche by adding it to a small cup and stirring in a small amount of milk. Place the crème in a small piping bag and remove just a small piece of the tip just before you are ready to plate the soup.

Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the green onions and parsley. Ladle into soup bowls. After wiping any excess from the rim, carefully add 1/4 cup of the chunk shrimp to the middle of the soup so that it sits on top of the soup. With a piping bag, pipe dots all around the soup at the top of the edge of the bowl

Serve immediately.
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