I found this recipe a few months ago and had been waiting to try it out. We were so disappointed. Even after adding extra paprika, white pepper and some salt, the bisque was extremely bland. As other reviewers stated, the relish adds the flavor, but it isn't enough to save this dish. I'm disappointed that I wasted perfectly good crab on soup we threw out because no one in my family will even eat it. Usually Eating Well has amazing recipes, but this one was a huge bust. I really don't understand the good reviews.
I will say though, the relish is amazing when used in a different way. It's great paired with celery or even served on romaine lettuce leaves as an appetizer or snack.