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Lobster Bisque-Inexpensively

Today instead of a tip for frugal living, I am going to give you a recipe. The recipe is something special for the holidays but inexpensively made. I have not made lobster bisque before today, but have enjoyed it at some local restaurants. My husband says this recipe is as good what we have eaten at restaurants. After the holidays you can usually find imitation lobster and imitation crab on sale which makes this recipe frugal.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages imitation lobster
  • 4 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 cups homemade tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried or frozen thyme
  • 4 cups venison broth
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups half and half

Chop celery, onions, and garlic into small pieces. Add 4 tablespoons butter or oil to soup pot. Heat oil or melt butter in pot and add in celery and onions. Cook them until tender for about five to six minutes. Then add the garlic, cook for about three more minutes or until you can smell the garlic.

Add the flour to the celery mixture while mixing constantly. (If you have ever made turkey a-la-king with leftover turkey meat, the technique is the same.) You can easily burn the contents of the pot at this point, so do not walk away. Heat for two more minutes.

Slowly add the venison broth and keep stirring until all the pieces of the mixture are floating. Add the salt, pepper, dried thyme and then the tomato sauce. ( I used leftover sauce with venison meat already in it.) Next, add the imitation lobster. Bring the soup to a simmer and simmer for ten minutes while stirring slowly.

After the soup has simmered ten minutes, turn off the heat and set up your blender. Pour some of the soup into the blender and puree it. Place the pureed soup in another pot and puree the rest in the blender. Return all soup to the first pot. While slowly stirring and with the heat on low, add the butter. After the butter melts, add the heavy whipping cream and the half and half.  Shut off the heat and serve it warm. Saltine crackers went well with it.

I hope you enjoy this meal.