Lobster Stew

This classic soup never fails to impress. The richness can be varied by how much the lobster stock is reduced and by the amount of cream added.

lobster heads 3kg
chopped large onion
chopped carrot 1
chopped sticks of celery 2
tbsp of olive oil 2
sprigs of parsley stalks 4
sprig of thyme
bay leaf 1
large tomatoes 2
tablespoons tomato purée 2
cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon, plus extra to serve
tablespoon brandy 1
dry white wine 300 ml
fish stock 2 litres
veal stock 1 litre
sea salt
double cream 500 ml
Armagnac about 120ml

Crush the lobster heads with a mallet or rolling pin until they are well broken up. Sweat the onion, carrot and celery with the olive oil in a large sauce saucepan. When the vegetables are lightly browned, add the herbs and lobster heads, stirring so nothing sticks or burns. After about 5 minutes, when the bones are hot, stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée and cayenne pepper. Pour in the brandy and stir well for a minute or two, then add the wine and boil for at least 3 minutes.

Add the stocks and bring to the boil; season lightly with sea salt. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and skimming off the scum that appears on the surface.

Drain through a colander set over a large bowl, pressing the bones well to extract all the juices and flavour. Then pass this liquid through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan. Bring to the boil and skim.

To serve:
Bring to the boil and reduce by one-third. Add up to 500ml double cream, according to taste, and boil for 5 minutes. For a cappuccino effect, froth with a hand blender, then pour into warmed soup bowls, to which you have added a little Armagnac ( I suggest about 2 teaspoons per person). If you have any lobster claw meat left over from another recipe, add that too. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and serve immediately.

This entry was published on July 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm and is filed under Afternoon Delights, Portland Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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