As the weather gets cold, we're all looking for something flavorful that warms both the heart and soul. This Shrimp & Crab Bisque from Wildfire does just that, whether it's served at a family meal, at a romantic fireside dinner for two, or as a first course at an elaborate holiday celebration.
In a stockpot, melt the oil and butter and add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and Old Bay and saute until golden brown. Add flour, mix well, and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Add sherry and reduce. Add bay leaves, shrimp and clam stocks and whisk slowly to avoid lumps. Add cream, lobster base and tomato paste and bring to boil, whisking frequently. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add shrimp, crab, remaining butter and salt and pepper. Mix well.