Al's seafood bisque: Date Added: 20 Nov 2009 Ingredients:

2 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 centiliter garlic
2 ribs celery
1 lobster (1- 1 1/2
12 medium shrimp in the shell
24 mussels, well scrubbed
12 sea scallops
4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Cooking Instructions:

1. Combine the white wine, bay leaf, onion, garlic, and celery in a large stockpot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Add the lobster, cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the lobster.

2. Add the shrimp, cover the pot, and steam for 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp with tongs.

3. Add the mussels, cover the pot and steam until they open, about 5 minutes. Remove the mussels with tongs, extract the meat, and discard the shells. Discard any that do not open.

4. Add 2 cups water to the liquid in the pot, bring to a boil, and then add the scallops. Cover the pot and steam for 3 minutes. Remove the scallops with tongs.

5. Extract the lobster meat, reserving the shells. Peel and devein the shrimp, reserving the shells. Chop the meats into bite-sized portions; cover and set aside.

6. Return the seafood shells to the pot of broth and add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the broth and return to the pan.

7. Bring the broth to a simmer over low heat. Add the cream, milk, thyme, parsley and rosemary and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, 5 minutes. Add the lobster, shrimp, mussels, and scallops and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and carrots and simmer another 2 minutes just to wilt the spinach. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the lemon juice. Serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings

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