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One tradition that we have for Christmas Eve is to keep our meal simple. We generally have a couple of kinds of soup. I shared a post about this here. Soup is such a warm hug type of food, or comfort food in other words.
Recently we had a women's Christmas Dinner and Program at our church. I am on the planning committee for these activities and our committee decided to have a buffet of soups for the dinner. If you haven't ever been to a soup buffet, I also wrote a post about that on this post. We had about 9 different kinds of delicious soup and the night was wonderful!
My contribution to the buffer that night was two kinds of soup. One was the ever popular Taco Soup, with toppings of tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese. The other was this Salmon Shrimp Bisque that I came up with as an alternative to the much more expensive Lobster Bisque.
Whenever I come up with a new recipe and try it on people, I am always a nervous wreck. What a relief when I discovered that this soup was practically all gone by the end of the night! Whew!
I actually made this soup in my Instant Pot. I was able to sauté the veggies in it and then after everything was mixed together, I used the Instant Pot as a Crock Pot to simmer the soup in until it was time to serve it! One pot equals less mess and I love that. Not only that, with the lid on the Instant Pot, transporting the soup was an easy task. No spills!
If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can always use your Crock Pot and simply start the vegetables in a skillet on the stove.
I haven't decided if I'm going to make the switch from clam chowder this year and go with this bisque or stick with tradition. My son is also doing a duck for Christmas Eve this year, so things are going to be a bit different than the norm. That's okay though, as long as we keep the reason for the season in mind and spend it with as many loved ones as we can, I know that it will be a great Christmas.
So, if you want to try this Salmon Shrimp Bisque for the holidays, or anytime, here is the recipe! Click on it for the PDF.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!