Recipe courtesy of Stephen Kalt

Mussel and Olive Oil Bisque

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 ounces leeks, cleaned and diced

4 ounces onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 ounces olive oil

1 pound cleaned mussels

2 ounces brandy

2 ounces white wine

4 ounces tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

4 to 8 ounces water

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 ounces virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon butter

Directions

  1. In a medium casserole, sweat leeks, onions, and garlic in olive oil for 10 minutes. Add mussels, brandy, and wine and cover and steam mussels until they open. Remove from heat. Separate mussels from shells and place mussel meat in sauce pan. Add tomatoes and 4 ounces of water. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 10 minutes. In a food processor, puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve. Add additional water if bisque appears too thick. Whisk in olive oil, butter and additional salt and pepper, to taste.