How to make it

  • Set oven to broil, preheat for 5 minutes.
  • Place red pepper quarters skin side up on a broiler pan, then broil until the skins have blackened.
  • Remove peppers from oven and place in a paper bag or covered bowl and allow to steam for ~ 10 minutes to loosen the skin.
  • After skins have loosened, peel skins from peppers and discard. Coarsely chop the peeled peppers. (Note: if the skins are still difficult to remove, place them in a covered microwavable safe bowl, and nuke the pepper for ~ 1 to 2 minutes, keep covered to steam the peppers for several minutes, and try peeling again)
  • Optional: in a large saucepan, sweat the onion until soft and translucent. Also, you can replace or supplement the garlic powder by sweating 2 (+) garlic cloves with the onions.
  • Place the peppers, chopped potatoes, and chicken broth in the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add half and half, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and basil. Allow to return to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • When the potatoes have softened, puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour pureed soup into another saucepan, stir in the crab, and heat over medium heat for ~5 minutes to warm through.
  • Note: if you get the crab meat in a can or plastic tub, make sure you break it up thoroughly before introducing it to the soup mixture.
  • Serve immediately and top with some creame fraiche/sour cream and garnish with some roughly chopped fresh parsley.

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    " It was excellent "
    victoriaregina ate it and said...
    A true chef! A little bit of this etc. etc.
    A wondrous creation. Thank you for posting for us.

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    " It was excellent "
    shepherdrescue ate it and said...
    Souper recipe! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself) Really, this sounds wonderful! A definite keeper, and I like all the options and suggestions you provided.
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  • conner909 12 years ago
    This looks really really good! Gonna make this for our Ladies Lunch group! Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Oh my you are outdoing yourself...wonderful post!
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    " It was excellent "
    cheryilyn ate it and said...
    Sounds great.
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  • rosemaryblue 12 years ago
    Oh, yes, this sounds wonderful!! Love the extra cayenne too! :)
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