Shrimp Bisque Poutine

TOTAL TIME: 55 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

SHRIMP GRAVY:
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 4 cups shrimp stock, heated
  • 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
    FRIES:
    • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes with skin on, washed, dried and cut lengthwise into fries
    • 8 ounces cheese curds, broken up if large, for serving
    • Lemon wedges, for serving
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    Directions

    For the shrimp gravy: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepot over medium-high heat and saute the shrimp until just pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon to leave all of the shrimpy flavor and reserve.

    Add the remaining 10 tablespoons butter and the shallots to the same pot and cook until softened, without browning, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in the tomato paste, cooking 1 minute. Stir in the flour and continue cooking until the flour has cooked out but does not brown, 2 minutes.

    Deglaze the pot with the sherry, scraping up any flour from the bottom of the pan. Slowly whisk in the hot shrimp stock in stages to avoid lumps. Then add in the heavy cream and thyme and continue simmering until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm on the stovetop until ready to use, adding the shrimp back in just before serving.

    For the fries: Add oil to a Dutch oven and heat to 340 degrees F (temperature will lower when you add the first batch and that's ok). Working in batches, fry the potatoes 2 minutes and transfer to a wire rack on a baking sheet. Let them cool slightly while increasing the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees F. Return the fries to the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. (The double fry is the secret to crispy fries.) Transfer to another baking sheet with a wire rack and season with salt and pepper.

    Plate the fries in a shallow bowl and top with the cheese curds. Pour the shrimp gravy over the top, garnish with thyme and lemon wedges and enjoy!

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    • on October 07, 2012

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      This is so good! And so rich! Didn't have cheese curds so I used Oaxaca cheese and I believe it worked just fine. I also used waffle fries instead of making my own. I didn't have any problems with the sauce being too soupy or thin. I added the stock 1/2 cup at a time and then added the cream when the sauce looked like it needed it. Can't wait to make this again.

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    • on July 07, 2012

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      Just when I was looking for something new to do with shrimp, I caught the tail end of this episode. "Who doesn't love french fries and gravy?" This is absolute heaven! I overcame the lack of shrimp stock by sauteing my shrimp shells in a pat of butter and de-glazing the pan with 4 cups of chicken stock, simmered shells a while and passed through a sieve. Letting the gravy reduce to thicken helps if too thin. Oh, and I totally forgot the cheese until after our plates were licked clean. Next time, next time. And believe me, there will be a next time. This is a keeper! Thanks Kelsey!

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    • on March 23, 2012

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      Very good...my gravy is alittle soupy - maybe too much stock. I am NOT making fries...I bought waffle fries. Seriously I am loving it right out of the pot.

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