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Famous Hotel Recipes - The Nittany Lion Inn's 'World Famous' Lobster Bisque


Famous Hotel Recipes - The Nittany Lion Inn's 'World Famous' Lobster Bisque

Nittany Lion Inn Dining Room

©Nittany Lion Inn

Designated as a "Historic Hotel of America" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Nittany Lion Inn's Lobster Bisque could be nothing less than legendary itself.

A favorite of business travelers and wedding parties alike, the hotel's self-proclaimed "world famous" dish takes about an hour to prepare, but will likely disappear within minutes.

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: One Gallon


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup minced shallots
  • 3 pounds lobster meat
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 3 cups lobster base or stock
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces of dry sherry
  • 1 pound roux (8 ounces of melted butter, 8 ounces of flour, mixed)


Sautee shallots in butter.
Add dry sherry, simmer five minutes.
Add stock, tomato puree, simmer 15 minutes.
Add lobster meat, simmer five minutes.
Add cream, half-and-half and black pepper, bring to a slight boil.
Thicken with roux, start with half then thicken as desired.
Reduce and simmer 10-15 minutes to cook out taste of flour.
Check bisque for seasoning before adding salt, it may not need it.
Serve and enjoy!
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