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Crab Bisque

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.

Makes

4 servings

I've enjoyed cooking and baking ever since my 4-H days in rural Iowa. The zesty seasonings in this bisque nicely complement the subtle flavor of crab.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Stir in the bouillon, cream, crab, mushrooms, basil, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon Creole seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Season to taste with remaining Creole seasoning and pepper if desired.
Creole Seasoning
If you don’t have Creole seasoning in your cupboard, you can make your own using 1/4 tsp. each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 355 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 849mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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