Peanut Bisque

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  • -10Servings+
  • 20 mPrep Time
  • 40 mCook Time
  • 60 mReady In
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“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living.” L.P. De Gouy

Undoubtedly, my favorite culinary memory of the 1980’s was Bob Daniel’s Peanut Bisque at the famous Durham House in Waxahachie, Texas.  The restaurant was located in an old Victorian house near the downtown area and I remember having to make reservations over a month in advance for each visit, and even then having to park a block away because limousines from Dallas lined both sides of the street.  Other than creamy tomato when I was home sick, I never cared much for soup … however, since peanut butter has always been a mainstay, it was easy to fall in love with Peanut Bisque.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!




  • Melt butter.  Add celery and onion and cook until tender.  Put into blender and liquify.  Return to pan and add flour stirring with a wire whisk.  Gradually add chicken broth and cook until thickened and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in peanut butter, salt, pepper, paprika and Tabasco.  Remove from heat and add cream; return to heat and bring to serving temperature but below boiling.  Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives for serving.  Will refrigerate for one week.

Comments (7)

  • Michele

    My parents and grandfather Myy Celebrated my 21st birthday at the Durham House with my parents and grandfather. As a person that can’t stand to eat or smell peanut butter, I couldn’t believe how good the bisque was. Super happy to read your story and find the recipe. Thanks!

    • 1jtay

      I’m glad you liked the story Michele and I hope you’ll give the recipe a try. Somewhere I have an old menu from the Durham House and I’ll send you a copy if I can find it … maybe you’ll remember what you ordered for your birthday dinner.

      • Claudia Washington Clements

        Hello. Could you send me a copy of the
        Durham House menu? My mother,
        Audrey Washington owned Audrey’s
        Bake Shop in Waxahachie & there was one
        dessert item Bob & Jerry bought from her
        but I do not recall which. Maybe Mandarin Orange Cake or as simple as a
        meringue base for a dessert they made.
        Possibly seeing the menu would jog my memory. She loved Bob & Jerry and they loved her. All were special people.
        Thank you.

  • Yvonne

    I sooo miss the Durham House! The food and atmosphere were a treat. The staff were always so welcoming. Ate there a number of times for birthdays, anniversaries, and any special outings with friends and family.

  • Darwin Slaughter

    We loved going to Durham House. Bob was always so gracious and made us feel special greeting us by name. The bisque was amazing, as was all the food. One correction, though. When I made a reservation for the first time, I asked Bob if they were in a Victorian home. He quickly said “No, we are Greek Revival!”. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Liz Hart

    I decided to look for a recipe for peanut bisque, and was so tickled to find the one I remember eating! The restaurant gave out the recipe and I made it a few times but misplaced it long ago. I made a much smaller batch, and subbed milk for cream at least once. It was still delicious.
    Do you have any idea how well this would freeze? Either before or after adding the cream (or milk)

    • 1jtay

      You will have better luck reheating the recipe using milk instead of cream. Reheating recipes using cream often result in the texture of the soup being grainy or lumpy and sometimes the flavor has become unpleasant.

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