Greg’s Dungeness Crab Bisque

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An easy, yet elegant recipe that’s perfect for special occasions. Serve this bisque with Artichoke Tapenade on Toasted Bread, or dish up smaller portions for a multi-course dinner.


Greg’s Dungeness Crab Bisque
3 T shallot, minced
2 T butter
2 T flour *
½ c dry white wine
2 c seafood stock
2 T tomato paste
dash of habanero hot sauce or small pinch cayenne
¾ lb Dungeness crabmeat, divided (reserve ¼ lb for plating)
2 c heavy cream
pinch of salt, to taste
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Artichoke Tapenade on Toasted Bread
1 pkg (8 oz) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
1 lg roasted red pepper, diced
1 lemon, juice of
1 T olive oil
whole garlic clove, peeled
salt and pepper to taste
sliced baguette
3 T Parmigiano-Reggiano, shredded
1 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Greg’s Dungeness Crab Bisque
Sauté shallots in butter over med heat for 3 min until translucent. Stir in flour and deglaze with white wine. Stir in stock, tomato paste, and hot sauce and bring to a boil. Add ½ lb crab and heavy cream and carefully bring back to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and puree carefully in blender or processor (hot soup can rapidly expand and overflow), or use an immersion blender. Return bisque to pot and add salt and lemon juice to taste. Warm if necessary and garnish with reserved crabmeat and parsley.

Artichoke Tapenade on Toasted Bread
Rub baguette slices with a little olive oil and broil briefly until toasted. While warm, rub lightly with garlic clove. Combine artichoke hearts, red pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Top each with tapenade and a sprinkle of parsley and Parmigiano-Reggiano for garnish. Serve immediately. Yields 12-16 pieces.

* To make this recipe gluten-free friendly, use gluten-free flour.