Until recently, I had made this recipe exactly once before: back in February, when I was doing the HCG diet for the first time. I remembered it as being one of the most delicious soups I had ever made – which is why I was extremely disappointed when I made it again two weeks ago. In addition to it being the Blandest. Soup. Ever., the imitation crab meat tasted unnaturally sweet and was rubbery. Not good.
A few nights later I went out with friends, and when I came home at 4 in the morning I was drunk and hungry. Bland or not, I couldn’t wait to eat the remaining soup. I put the fire on under the pot and then started getting ready for bed – changed, took my makeup off, etc. This process took a lot longer than it should have, so instead of heating the soup up for five minutes I ended up leaving it on the stove for over 20 minutes. Whoops!
Turned out to be one of the best mistakes I’ve ever made. I think the extra cooking time “opened up” the crab and allowed it to absorb all the flavor from the broth, because what had first tasted gross now tasted delicious. The texture of the crab was also much improved – it was moist and soft, and no longer rubbery.
Of course, there was always the possibility that the only reason the soup tasted so good was because I was drunk and anything would have tasted good. So I made the soup again two nights ago, this time with the turkey stock from the other day. I added way more spices than last time, and this time I let it simmer for like a half hour. OMG it was soooo good! I definitely recommend it.
Diet-friendly Crab Bisque (Seafood Tomato Soup)
Ingredients (one serving):
- 4 oz. crab meat (or shrimp, lobster, whatever)
- 1 tomato
- 2 cups of broth (I guess vegetable broth makes the most sense, but I tried it with chicken broth and turkey stock and it was fine.)
- 1 tsp. of milk (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. dehydrated minced onion
- parsley (I do about 5 shakes of each spice)
1. Chop up the tomato.
2. Puree the tomato and the broth.
3. Add it to the pot along with the crab and spices and let it cook for maybe a half hour on a not-too-high flame.