Irish Scallop Bisque
Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It’s perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad…. If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at
  1. Ingredients: 8 large, fresh Motts Channel Seafood scallops olive oil to drizzle 1 quart seafood stock (4 cups) – click here for any easy recipe 3 stalks celery 2 medium carrots 1 large potato russet preferred 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white wine (see notes) 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh 1 cup half and  half fresh chives for garnish sea salt and fresh ground pepper  Instructions 1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and sauté over medium heat the onion, carrots, celery and potato. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dry white wine and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Slowly add seafood stock, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  3.   3. Turn off the heat, remove celery stalks, bay leaves and thyme and puree the mixture with a blender until smooth. Return the bisque to low heat, add half and half, stirring. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Sear scallops about 2 minute on each side. Remove and set aside.
  5. 5. Serve the bisque in bowls, adding scallops on top and sprinkle with some fresh chopped chives