November 10, 2016
Comfort Food, Dinner, Lunch,
Soups/Stews, Shellfish, Crab meat, Scallops, Dairy, North American, 5-Minute Prep, Easy/Beginner Cooking, One-Bowl Does it!, Quick Meals, Small Batch Cooking, Baby Shower, Brunch, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Father's Day, Ladies Luncheon, Mother's Day, Summer, Winter, Weeknight Meals, Stove Top, No Eggs, Wine, Make it from scratch, Spring more
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"This is a super easy - and super quick recipe to prepare. This reminds me of a soup I used get at a local restaurant, in Northern MI, where I spent my summers. Simply garnish with the 'classic' oyster crackers; that's the way they always served it. It's simple and delicious."
Seafood ... First, if using frozen seafood; make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator, in a colander, over a bowl. You never want it to set in water as it thaws. Then, transfer the seafood to the counter to take the chill off - you never want to cook with COLD seafood. Note: Using imitation crab does not work in this dish. Also mentioned, canned crab can be used; but not recommended.
Base ... Add the butter to a large pot; and, bring to medium heat. Then, add the onion, celery, a pinch of salt and pepper; and, saute 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the flour; and mix until it is combined with the butter and vegetables. Let it cook just a minute - to get rid of that 'raw' four taste.
Liquid ... Add the sherry, milk, cream, and bouillon to the pot; and, bring to medium high heat - just under a boil. Reduce to medium low heat, and simmer until the soup begins to thicken (about 5 minutes). Re-season with a bit more pepper; but, hold off on the salt (the crab and scallops can be salty) - and, add the paprika. Stir until everything is combined.
Crab and Scallops ... Add the scallops and cook 2 minutes, then, add the crab, parsley, and tarragon; and, stir, just until combined. Then, if necessary; you can add a bit more salt if you want.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Ladle into your favorite bowl; and, garnish with chives - and, don't forget the oyster crackers.
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