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Warm Up & Heat Hearty! Bistro 217 Soups a Hit with Customers

By Kimberly Duncan

The winter months are the perfect time to indulge in all sorts of bisques, chowders, gumbos and more. Here in the Lowcountry, most of our fabulous restaurants offer at least one delectable “soup of the day,” and it is truly impossible to choose a favorite. The Tomato Crab & Jalapeño Soup at Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island is one hearty option often lauded among locals. It is so beloved, patrons plead to keep it on the menu all year long!

Simultaneously chic and intimate, Bistro 217 is an uber-popular eatery located in Downtown Pawleys, just south of the Hammock Shops. Owner Anne Hardee Taylor has a couple of decades in the food industry beneath her belt, and she’s definitely mastered the art of operating a great restaurant. She has an obvious affinity for making people happy. And Co-owner and Chef Adam Kirby is both talented and wildly creative. Little wonder Bistro 217 has a throng of regulars, and it’s the lucky visitor who finds this über-popular restaurant – and this very popular soup.

We feel quite fortunate that Chef Adam has agreed to share his unequivocally scrumptious recipe! Until you can make it to Bistro 217, give it a go in your own kitchen!

Tomato Crab & Jalapeño Soup

¼ of one onion                                                    

2 garlic cloves                                                                 

1 jalapeño

1 cup of crab stock

8 oz. lump crab meat

6 cups of canned tomato

2 cups of heavy cream

2 TBS canola oil

Roux:

4 oz. flour

4 oz. butter

Dice the onion, garlic and the jalapeño. In a hot rondo-styled* pan, add the oil and the diced vegetables. Sauté for two minutes, then add the crab stock and the crab meat and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes). Add the canned tomatoes and the cream and bring to a boil. Thicken to desired consistency with the roux. 

* A Rondo is a wide, relatively low-rise pot, about 12" in diameter and about 6" deep, listed as 12 quarts in capacity. Any similar pan can be used, but rondos can be purchased online and those who own them seem to love them!

Check out www.Bistro217.com for additional recipes and oodles of testimonials from happy customers! If you have questions, call Chef Adam at 843.235.8217. Enjoy!

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