*  Exported from  MasterCook  Buster  *
 
              Creamy Tomato Bisque With Lump Crabmeat & Basil
 
 Recipe By     : Sargento, May 1998
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:30
 Categories    : Soups                            Fish-Shells
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3      large         fresh ripe tomatoes
                         cut into 1+1/2-cups chopped
      1/3  cup           extra virgin olive oil
    1      small         onion
                         cut into 1/3-cup chopped
    1      teaspoon      minced garlic
      1/2  cup           all-purpose flour
    3      cups          chicken broth
                         OR double strength chicken broth
      3/4  cup           fresh basil -- loosely packed
                         cut into thin strips -- divided
    4      cups          tomato sauce
    2      cups          tomato juice
    1      cup           half and half
                         OR whipping cream
    1      tablespoon    sugar
      1/2  teaspoon      salt -- or to taste
                         white pepper -- to taste
    8      ounces        lump crabmeat -- fresh or canned
 
 Core and cut “x” in bottom of tomatoes; plunge into boiling water 20 to 30
 seconds or until skin begins to peel back. Plunge into ice water. Peel
 tomatoes; cut in halves. Seed and coarsely chop tomato; set aside.
 
 Heat olive oil in large heavy saucepan. Add onions and garlic; cook 5
 minutes or until transparent. Add flour, whisk over low heat 3 to 5
 minutes. Do not brown.
 
 Whisk in chicken broth, removing all lumps. Add 1/2 cup fresh basil. Heat
 mixture to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and cook 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk in
 tomato sauce, tomato juice and reserved chopped tomatoes. Simmer 10
 minutes. With large spoon, skim froth from top as it forms. Whisk in cream;
 heat to a simmer. Skim again, if necessary. Add sugar and season with salt
 and white pepper. Ladle into warm cups or bowls and garnish with remaining
 basil and fresh crabmeat, if desired.
 
 [makes 8 cups; 8 servings]
 
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 Notes: Title in full: Creamy Tomato Bisque with Lump Crabmeat & Chiffonade
 of Fresh Basil VARIATION: omit the crab.
 
 kitpath 9/1/98
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