PearlStop.com's Oyster Bisque
Perfect on a cold rainy night in front of the fireplace with a nice glass of wine, some crusty sour dough bread, and a lovely new strand of pearls nestled comfortably around your neck.........
- (8 ounce) containers oysters ( or bottled)
- 1 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed ( can be omitted, I use turmeric for the color, just enough to give a nice pale yellow color)
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 cup coarsely chopped red onions
- 1 cup coarsely chopped celery
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Drain the oysters in a colander over a bowl, reserve the liquid.
- Add enough clam juice to the oyster liquid to make one cup and set aside.
- Reserve the remaining clam juice for another use.
- Coarsely chop oysters.
- Combine water and saffron, if using, in a small bowl and set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and celery, cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Stir in flour and coriander, cook 1 minute.
- Add the oyster liquid, saffron water if using, or tumeric, and milk,stirring with a whisk.
- Cook until thick, about 12 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the oysters, parsley, salt and cayenne.
- Cook 3 minutes or until edges of oysters curl.