Published in Carolina Country Magazine February 2019
For many years, I was a very busy personal chef… and was the first girl personal chef in the Triangle area. During some of those years, I founded a professional association to teach others how to be a personal chef and manage their own businesses. One of my personal chef client favorite dishes was my Seafood Bisque Casserole. I had a couple of households that had me make doubles of this at each visit. It can be served over any number of things… pasta, rice, creamy grits, in puff pastry cups… or my personal favorite, over creamy buttery mashed potatoes.
This is a nice comfort food dish for enjoying on a chilly night by the fire. As we find ourselves here in fall and winter on the way, add these ingredients to your shopping list to have on hand to make when the notion strikes you.
So find yourself the freshest local North Carolina seafood you can… and just make some! Support your local seafood fishermen and woman… #shoplocal #eatlocal
#GotToBeNC Seafood #NCCatch
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Seafood Bisque Casserole
For those that enjoy a warm bowl of seafood bisque, you'll be sure to love this Seafood Bisque Casserole. Fully of shrimp, scallops and crab, this buttery creamy dish can be enjoyed over pasta, rice, grits, creamed potatoes or spooned into puff pastry cups.
- 6 sliced bacon, (cooked and crumbled)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 large shallots, (peeled and sliced)
- 1 pound large shrimp, (peeled)
- 1 pound bay scallops
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 cup sherry, (divided)
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups milk, half-and-half or combination, (room temperature)
- 1/2 pound cooked crabmeat ((more if desired))
- 2 cups grated Swiss cheese
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup minced parsley
- 6 cups cooked pasta*
Preheat oven broiler.
Cook bacon in soup pot over medium high heat until crispy.
Remove all but 2 tablespoons of drippings and add butter. Once butter is melted and sizzling, sauté shallots about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and scallops. Cook 3–4 minutes just until done, being careful not to overcook. Using slotted spoon, remove seafood from juices. Stir in salt, pepper and ¼ cup of sherry; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
Whisk flour into remaining sherry to make a slurry.
Stir milk into simmering liquid. Once warm, whisk in slurry and continue heating several minutes, whisking until thickened. Return seafood to bisque and heat 1 minute.
Spoon over pasta in a large baking dish. Scatter with crabmeat, cheese and crumbs. Place in oven on middle rack and broil 4–5 minutes to melt cheese and brown crumbs. Garnish with bacon and parsley. Serve immediately.
* If preferred, the bisque can be prepared as noted without the pasta to be spooned over grits, rice, mashed potatoes or into phyllo pastry cups.