Serves 2

Soft and silky with a tang of brininess from the oysters, and a mellow richness from the Guinness, this soup is best enjoyed slowly savoring each mouthful, gazing into each other’s eyes.

6Sequim Bay oysters, freshly shucked
1tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
1/2leek, white part only, diced
1stalk celery, diced
1/4cup Guinness or stout
1/2cup fish stock
1 1/2cup diced peeled potato
1teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2cup cream or milk
freshly ground pepper to taste
Chervil or parsley for garnish
  • Tip the liquid from the oysters, and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and celery. Cook over low heat until onion is transparent. Add the Guinness, stock, potato and thyme and cook until potatoes are soft and most of liquid is absorbed.
  • Transfer to a blender along with 2 or 3 oysters, milk and pepper, or use an immersion blender in the saucepan to puree until smooth.
  • Return the bisque to the saucepan, reheat gently and serve immediately with a few oysters placed on top of each dish. Garnish with fresh chervil and enjoy with a glass of Champagne.

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