We were 5 couples for New Year at our house yesterday – and between us dished up with all sorts of delicious food. The starter was crayfish – of some freshwater variant that one of the guests had even caught locally in a nearby large-ish lake (when you’ve been standing looking out over Lake Michigan, no lake in Denmark is large. In fact, I worry that Denmark might fit in Lake Michigan*). The wow effect was great and the taste fantastic – served with some plain green salad, aioli, bread & a Washington State Riesling.
Eurythmics, Let’s Go!
- KC & The Sunshine Band, Boogie Shoes
But all those shells and head-end crayfish? Well, a bisque, of course!
- Chr. Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink; Lady Marmalade
- TV-2; Line Jørgensen, Voldum
A big pot! Olive oil & butter, turn on the heat and fry the critters well. I actually had to do them in two half lots as there was a lot. Add curry, paprika, tomato concentrate, fry a bit more. In goes a splash of cognac and – whoosh! – flambéed! (do turn off the hood venting first!)
- Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way
- Queen, Cool Cat
Add stock to cover – fish, preferably, of course. But as I only had 1/2 liter worth of ready-to-use cube of fish, the remainder was a mix of chicken and vegetable stock. Seems to have worked out ok.
Leave to simmer for half an hour.
Then, fish out shells and/or sieve the soup into a fresh pot – and then gently boil it for a good amount of time until it reduces in volume and intensifies in taste.
Do not add salt at this stage – wait until the end volume has been reached. Otherwise it may end up way too salty (yes, I’ve tried – in the process called learning by suffering…).
- Bon Jovi, Livin’ On A Prayer
- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cherry Bomb
At this point, you can take a break and just leave the soup sits around somewhere – cold if it’s for long. Shortly before serving, bring it up to a boil again, add cream and adjust taste with salt, pepper or paprika if needed.
- Katie Melua, On The Road Again
- John Lennon, Woman
Serve with fresh bread and a chilled white or sparkling white – it is the first day of the New Year, after all 🙂
Happy cooking! And, once again, a Happy New Year!!
Photo by me.
*It does. With quite some 15,000 km2 to spare…