There is nothing like a steaming bowl of soup during a cold day, especially when the snow is starting to fall and all you want to do is curl up indoors. Instead of opening up a can of premade soup, work with fresh ingredients and make something from scratch. One sure-fire way to warm up your cold winter day is to stay inside and cook up a big pot of homemade lobster bisque.
Lobster bisque is a traditional French soup, that’s famous for its smooth, velvety texture and rich flavor. In order to get the best tasting lobster bisque, you will need the highest-quality lobster delivered right before your meal. When you live in the state of Maine, you can be comforted by the fact that you are surrounded by some of the best lobster in the world. Get that world-famous crustacean delivered to your front door right before you start making your soup — you can get your Maine lobster from Lobster Anywhere by going on their website and ordering online. With the click of a button, they can bring live lobsters or frozen lobster tails directly to your home, so that you can cook fantastic meals with the best New England ingredients. If you order whole lobsters, instead of just the tails, you will need to break them down before putting them in the soup. To take apart a lobster, get a sharp knife and split the lobster in half in one quick motion, then remove the sac and the intestinal vein so that it is clean and ready for cooking.
After getting the star of the soup, you will need to gather all of your other ingredients for the lobster bisque: uncooked rice, butter, celery, carrots, leeks, white onion, white wine, brandy, heavy cream, salt, ground pepper and cayenne pepper. You will also need soup stock or broth for the base of the soup, so that you can make the flavor as strong as possible. Bisque is classically made with a crustacean broth, and can be made with crab, shrimp, crayfish and of course lobster. Soup stock takes a long time to make at home, and requires a pot full of crustacean meat, shells and water to simmer on the stovetop for hours or days. To save cooking time, you can use store-bought fish stock for the base of your bisque.
Fresh bread rolls and cold salted butter would be a simple and satisfying side with the lobster bisque — you can put the bread rolls in the oven before serving them, so that they are warm when the soup is ready to eat. If you don’t want bread rolls or want something a little fancier, you can try your hand at some homemade focaccia sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary.
You don’t have to feel cold and miserable when the winter weather forces you to spend your time indoors. Instead of feeling blue, you can enjoy your time by cooking up a tasty pot of lobster bisque, and then enjoy your time even more once you start eating it.