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How to Make 'Dungeness Crab Bisque'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not only edible but also delicious and good for you and your family. There are many recipes from which to choose but some are time-tested and proven. MyOutdoorBuddy will be posting a series of these provided to us by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and other fishing industry sources. “How to Make Dungeness Crab Bisque” is just the first you can expect to see here at MyOutdoorBuddy.com in the weeks ahead. If you have a favorite ocean-fish recipe, please send to frank@myoutdoorbuddy.com so we can share it with our readers.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers (about 2 large)
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
2 14 1/2-ounce cans diced peeled tomatoes in juice
3 8-ounce bottles clam juice
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup whipping cream
12 ounces Dungeness crab meat

Directions

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add bell peppers, 3/4 cup green onions, celery, carrots and red onion and sauté until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in tarragon and cayenne. Mix in tomatoes with juices, clam juice and wine. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. Add cream and simmer 20 minutes longer. If a more creamy consistence is desired, puree in a blender or with an immersion blender. Stir in crabmeat. Cook until crab is heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped green onions and serve.

Adapted from a recipe from Epicurious.com

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