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This recipe for LOBSTER WITH NUTMEG VINAIGRETTE AND CHESTNUT PUREE, by , is from GOURMET GIRLS COOKBOOK, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Renee Broemmelsick
Added: Friday, April 17, 2009


I 2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
2 cups apple cider
6 shallots, minced
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (15-oz.)water chestnuts, packed in water, drained
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 large scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped paisley
Ten (1 ¼-pound) boiled lobsters, halved
¼ pound mixed young salad greens

1. In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup of the stock with the cider, shallots, bay leaves and sherry vinegar. Boil over high treat until reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add the heavy cream and nutmeg and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add the remaining 1 cup of stock arid the chestnuts and simmer until the liquid reduces by a third, about 4 minutes. Remove frorn the heat and add the maple syrup and butter. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender arid puree until smooth. Blend in the crème fraiche. Transfer the puree to a clean saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Cover arid keep warm.

3. Gently reheat the nutmeg vinaigrette. Add the scallions and parsley arid season with salt and pepper.

4. Cut the lobster tail meat into 1-inch chunks and replace it in the tail sections of the lobsters. Spoon half of the chestnut puree in the center of each of 2 large platters. Arrange the lobster halves around the puree. Spoon, the warm nutmeg vinaigrette over the lobsters, garnish the platters with the greens and serve at once.




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