Two weeks ago, at the Fangman's, Lori made this soup for dinner. It was delicious and it was meatless day so I decided to make it also.
The original recipe from The Cottage Journal looks like this:
Makes about 6 cups
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup minced shallots
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups clam juice
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Champagne or other dry sparkling wine
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
Garnish: Gruyère cheese, chives
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Gradually whisk in clam juice and stock; bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. (At this point, soup can be refrigerated up to 3 days.)
2. Cut shrimp into ¼-inch pieces. Over medium-low heat, add cream and Champagne. Return soup to a simmer, and slowly whisk in cheese ¼ cup at a time, letting melt between additions. Stir in chives and shrimp, and cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Garnish with shredded Gruyère and chives.
Note: Clam juice can be replaced with chicken stock for a milder flavor.
Tom's pantry versionNot having some of ingredients I subbed a few things with a pretty good outcome. The soup was velvety and smooth with a great flavor.
Firstly, Clam Juice. Well you can buy it bottled but what are you going to do with all those shrimp shells? You are buying shrimp in the shell right? It tastes the best and has the best texture so once thawed and peeled, reserve those shells.
In a saucepan, place a medium onion, unpeeled, cut in half. Also a few stalks of celery, a chopped carrot or two, half a head of garlic cut in half along the equator and your shrimp shells. Cover with cold water, add some salt and a few peppercorns and in about 30 mins you have a quart of shrimp stock!
Next champagne? Well I did have a cup of a dry Chardonnay as a sub.
2 Cups of Gruyere? How about 2-3 slices of processed Swiss (melts better) and a little Parmesan to round out the edges?
I also subbed onion for the shallot, minced. Now just make the recipe with the substitutions.
I found the roux to be perfect for the amount of fluid listed and I used all Shrimp stock and it was great. Of course I had dried chives but they reconstituted well in the process. Taste along the way to make sure you headed the right direction. This was a great meal but lesser without our friends.