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(Squat) Lobster Bisque for National Lobster Day

Despite my tirade about national food holidays, I decided that I would participate in celebrating National Lobster Day today. But not having the amount of money in my food budget for four pounds of lobster meat, I opted for langostino - squat lobster - and whipped up a lobster bisque and a lobster pot pie. I paired those with a bottle of 2005 Carmel Chardonnay. Thanks for the wine, Greg.

To make my life even easier, I started with the same filling or base for both dishes. And thanks to Belle and Randy for the bounty from their garden I had some delicious, fresh fennel to add to it all.

fennel, sliced
leeks, sliced
garlic, minced
2 pounds langostino, cooked and peeled (or lobster meat)
carrots sliced
butter
flour
clam juice
chicken stock
milk
fresh oregano
fresh thyme
sea salt
organic heavy cream

I cooked the fennel, leek, and garlic in a large soup pot till softened and beginning to brown. Then I added the cooked langostino tails and carrots. In a separate pot I made a roux with butter and flour, then added clam juice to make a sauce. I added milk and cooked till thickened. Once the carrots were fork tender, I seasoned the langostino mixture with fresh oregano, fresh thyme, and sea salt. Then I added the cream sauce to the langostino pot, added chicken stock, and whisked to combine. After it was completed heated through, I blended the soup in batches till smooth and returned it to the pot. Right before serving I added a splash of heavy cream. Then I ladeled the soup into bowls and garnished with a sprig of fresh oregano.

Cheers...and happy national lobster day!

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