I made the most scrumptious seafood bisque last night for dinner. It was ready in just 1 hour, start to finish! I wanted to make seafood gumbo, but I didn’t have okra in the freezer and gumbo just isn’t gumbo to me without a little okra in it. So I pulled out my trusty gumbo recipe of many years and basically made that, less the okra. I subbed in cream for all the canned tomatoes in my gumbo recipe to make it more like a bisque. WOW! We loved it! This one is a keeper for sure! This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, provided those still on Induction omit the white wine and those on Paleo use coconut milk instead of cream.
3 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
3/4 c. green bell pepper, chopped
3 oz. onion, chopped
½ c. parsley, chopped
6 oz. pork breakfast sausage
1 medium leaf kale, (about 3/4 c.), stemmed & chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp. Cajun Seafood Spice Blend
½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
¼ tsp. black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
22 large shrimp, (shell removed), cut in halves (12 oz tail-on pkg)
2 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade, or seafood stock)
1 c. heavy cream
¼ c. white wine
Tiny dusting of xanthan gum or your favorite thickener
11 San Marzano mini tomatoes cut into 4 pieces (or 22 cherry tomatoes left whole)
VARIATION: Add 1 c. shelled/cleaned fresh crab meat + 1 c. extra chicken/seafood broth. Mmmm.
DIRECTIONS: In a large soup pot, over medium-high heat, brown the bacon. Add the Louisiana “Holy Trinity” (celery, bell pepper and onion) to the pot and saute until they begin to soften. Add sausage and saute, crumbling as you do so. Add kale, garlic and the four spices. Lower heat to medium. Add shrimp and saute until opaque. Add chicken (or seafood) stock, white wine, and cream. When returns to a simmer, lower heat to lowest setting. Add tomatoes and simmer about 10 minutes. Some like this stage of thickening from the cream. But if you like your cream soups a bit thicker, add the light sprinkle of xanthan gum. Alternately, if you like more broth in your soup, or ned to stretch this out for more servings (it was a bit thick with “solids”) you can always add 1-2 more cups of chicken stock to the pot. If you do add more broth, you will definitely want to use a thickener. Simmer a few minutes longer for the thickener to go to work. Pour into a soup tureen and serve at once.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings (as written), each containing:
382 cals, 31g fat, 7.01g carbs, 1.53g fiber, 5.48g NET CARBS, 16.3g protein, 410mg sodium