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Chilled Lobster Salad with Sweet Summer Corn and Tomatoes

The perfect light summer salad, made with sweet summer corn, grape tomatoes, garden herbs and chilled steamed lobster. Serve this for two as a main dish salad or for four as a first course as pictured here.

I revived this one from the archives since this is the perfect time of year to make it. August is a great time to buy lobster here on Long Island,
I can usually get great specials from my local Lobster farm. And the
best part about buying my lobster from a lobster farm is that they also
steam it for me at no extra cost. It’s not that I can’t cook my own
lobster, it’s just that if given the choice, I’d rather not. If you
don’t have that luxury, here is a great video from Fine Cooking[1] that shows you how to do it.

Swap It Tip: If you don’t live near the coast and don’t have access to live lobster, you could use lump crab meat, cooked shrimp or even imitation crab instead. 

Chilled Lobster Salad with Sweet Summer Corn and Tomatoes
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 2 as main course • Size: 1/2 of recipe • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 349 • Fat: 10.4 g • Protein: 39 g • Carb: 25.5 g • Fiber: 3.7 g • Sugar: 3.5 g
Sodium: 668 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ears of corn
  • 12 oz cooked, chilled lobster meat (yield from 2 – 1-1/2 lb lobsters)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried

Directions:

Cook corn in boiling water for about 4-5 minutes; set aside to cool. Cut kernels of the husk and place in a large bowl.

Chop chilled lobster meat from tails and claws into large bite sized chunks; add to the bowl. Add tomatoes, chives, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste; toss to combine,

Place lettuce leaves on two plates. Top each plate with lobster salad and enjoy!

References

  1. ^ Fine Cooking (www.finecooking.com)

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Classic Lobster Bisque – Finally!

I usually don’t have a good answer for why I’ve not gotten
around to filming certain iconic dishes like risotto, beef Wellington, and puff
pastry; but when it comes to lobster bisque, I do have a great excuse.

I won’t bore you with the details of how the tradition
started (translation: I don’t remember), but for as long as I can remember,
I’ve always made lobster bisque on Christmas Eve, to celebrate my sister-in-law
Jennifer’s birthday.

And since the few days leading up to Christmas are always so
busy and hectic with shopping, cooking, and travel, I’ve just never felt like
I’ve had the time to set up the camera to properly film the procedure. Well,
this year I decided to give it a go, and despite all the aforementioned
challenges, I was very happy with how this came out.

One word of warning: this recipe requires live lobsters,
brandy, and heavy cream. If you can’t get, or don’t want to use those
ingredients, then you’ll have to make something else. Sorry, but this recipe is
too sacred for substitutions.

Speaking of live lobsters, I know many are skeptical that
these “bugs” can actually feel pain, but to play it safe, I recommend putting
them in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes to knock them out cold before their
ultimate demise.

I only showed the cracking and the picking of the lobster meat
very briefly, as this video was already too long for my tastes, but below I’ll
link an additional tutorial that show this in more detail. Yes, this soup takes
a little bit of work and expense, but I think you’ll agree with me (and
Jennifer) that all the effort is well worth it. Enjoy!


Makes about 1 1/2 quarts:
2 live lobsters (about 1 1/2 pounds each)
1 onion, chopped
2 rib celery, chopped
3 quarts cold water (this will reduce by about half during
the entire cooking process)

3 cloves garlic
4 springs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tsp paprika
1/3 cup white long grain rice
2 tbsp cheap brandy (inexpensive brandy tends to be a little
sweeter, and works well here)

1/2 cup heavy cream, or more if you like it creamier
salt and cayenne to taste
1 tbsp chopped tarragon to garnish

Bonus Lobster Meat Recovery Video: 
This video shows the picking of the lobster meat in much
more detail than I did. Since they are boiling the lobster, you can just skip
to the part where he is liberating all the meat. For more general lobster info,
you can also check out this page on Allrecipes.

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