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Very Best Monkeyed-Up Lobster Dish

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Category: Seafood, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 md Lobster; or 1/2 large
  • 1 Shallot, sliced
  • 3 Morels, halved; regular
  • -mushrooms will do)
  • Butter
  • 1 oz Wine, white
  • 1 tb Bourbon; Cognac will do
  • 1 oz Heavy cream; or more
  • -salt


Very best lobster dish: Steam 1 big lobster per person over sea water. The
really big ones (2+ lb.) aren't done as soon as they turn red - let them
cook a couple more minutes beyond that; little lobsters are ready as soon
as they turn red. Have an assistant remove the claw meat (keep whole) and
whatever knuckle meat and roe (s)he can find while you take the tails and
either (depending on their size) halve them lengthwise or cut them through
the shell into slices. Heat a big knob of butter in a big saucepan and toss
the tail pieces in the hot butter for a minute. Remove the tails to a hot
platter. Dump the shallots and mushrooms in the same butter and toss for a
minute; then remove them to the same platter. While the butter is still
hot, add white wine and bourbon (Cognac will do); let cook down for 15 secs
or so and then add cream, slowly and keeping the heat high. While your
assistant arranges the tails on individual plates, with the claws and maybe
some watercress or parsley as garnish, keep an eye on the sauce as it
thickens. When the sauce is thick, add a little salt if you need it and
dump in the onions, mushrooms, roe, and knuckle meat. Pour sauce over
lobster tails and serve at once. Save the tomalley for: Tomalley
croustades. Fry rounds from a baguette or other very thin loaf in butter
until they just begin to turn golden. Drain on paper towels. When they are
cool, spread them with lobster tomalley mixed with heavy cream to make a
thick paste. You may grate a tiny bit of Gruyere or other Swiss-style
cheese over each one. Put under the broiler for a few seconds until the
tops bubble.

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