Beer and Smoked Gouda Seafood Bisque

Beer and Smoke Gouda Seafood Bisque

1 pound cod
1 pound crab meat
½ pound piece of slab bacon, sliced 1/3 inch thick and cut into 1/3-inch dice
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
12-ounce bottle lager such as Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
2 1/4 cups seafood stock
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
4 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Garlic-rubbed baguette toasts, for serving
If fish and crab is frozen in a large pot with water bring to a boil place a steam basket in pot and steam crab and cod for 8 minutes remove crab legs keep steaming the cod an additional 7 minutes remove meat from crab legs and coarsely chop fish and crab. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl. Add the celery, carrot, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 8 minutes. Add half of the beer and cook until reduced by half, 5 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups of seafood stock and bring to a simmer.
In a small skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk this roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes. Add the heavy cream, cheddar cheeses and the remaining beer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes season with salt and pepper add seafood stir. Top soup with bacon. Serve the soup with garlic toasts.

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