Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mexican Shrimp Bisque

I love a soup. Or a stew. Or a chili.

Maybe it is the fact that you get to eat it with a spoon so you have an excuse to literally shovel into your mouth. Maybe it is because they make me feel so warm inside. There's just something so comforting about a pipin' hot bowl of soup, am I right?

The crockpot is a great place to make soups and stews, but when it comes to a creamy bisque, you've got to make it on the stovetop. You want to avoid any milk or cream curdling because nothing says "let's call for pizza" like curdled soup. Eww... why are we talking about this? Bad thoughts to put into your mind when you are getting ready to make this incredibly flavorful Mexican shrimp bisque that is simple enough to put together any day of the week.

The cumin and chili powder give it loads of flavor and the shrimp are cooked to perfection. Top it off with a cooling dollop of sour cream and some avocado and you are set to go. The recipe makes two main dish portions but I'm certain it would work just as well if you increased all the quantities.

Mexican Shrimp Bisque (adapted from Taste of Home: The Ultimate Soup Cookbook)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp flour
1 cup vegetable broth (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup half and half
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
additional sour cream and diced avocado, for garnish

Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Sprinkle the flour on top of the vegetables and stir to coat. Whisk in the vegetable stock and half and half. Add the chili powder, cumin and coriander and mix to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp to the soup and simmer for an additional 5 minutes until the shrimp are cooked completely.

Put the sour cream in a heat proof bowl. Ladle approximately 1/2 cup hot soup into the sour cream and mix thoroughly. Slowly pour the sour cream mixture back into the pan while whisking constantly. Heat through, without boiling.

Serve topped with additional sour cream and diced avocado.

Serves 2.

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