If you taste it at this point, you'll probably think it needs a little something. If you don't like Tabasco, you may want to skip to the cooking sherry or just add more salt. If you plan on adding the Tabasco, hold off on more salt until you've added the hot sauce. Most folks like a little heat in this type of dish, so I poured in one Tablespoon of Tabasco sauce. This was enough heat for me! Kris would put in three if her husband would let her! Wait a couple of minutes after each addition and taste again BEFORE you add more. I always have a bottle of Tabasco on the side for my friends and family who, like Kris, are heat monsters :)
I also add two Tablespoons of cooking sherry. I think it adds more depth and a more sophisticated flavor.You can leave this out if you don't like it (it is not in the original recipe), serve it on the side as an option for your guests, or add and sample until you like the flavor. If you don't know if you even like cooking sherry, a safe way to try it without contaminating your entire batch of soup is to ladle a little sample of the soup into a small bowl, add a little drop of sherry, and taste it separately. If you like it, then add to the entire batch. Sherry, like cooking extracts, has alcohol in it. When serving it to others, I add the sherry before thickening to burn out the alcohol. I poured the finished bisque into a crockpot to keep it warm for get togethers.
I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself, but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved by your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Romans 14:14-15
It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. Romans 14: 21-23