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Gourmet Foods 101
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"Lobsters are available in a number of colors including red, yellow, blue and orange"

Lobster Recipe

There are many delicious lobster recipes to choose from, but we will focus on one of the most popular and tasty of them all, lobster thermidor. This traditional treat has been a favorite at many a dinner table, so why not try it tonight at yours?

Lobster Thermidor

To make this rich lobster dish for two people you will need:
1 whole lobster, about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds
2 lemons, halved
1 onion, quartered
1 bouquet garni
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of flour
2 tablespoons of minced shallots
1/4 cup of white wine
2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces of bacon
1 cup of julienned onions
1/2 pound haricot vert, blanched
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
2 teaspoons of finely chopped parsley
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water containing the lemons, quartered onion and bouquet garni to a boil. Add the lobster to the boiling water and cook it for eight to 12 minutes.
  3. Remove the lobster from the pot and place it in a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process of the lobster.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour, and cook it for two to three minutes for a blond roux.
  5. Add the shallots and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Stir in the wine and the milk. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.
  7. Cook for about three to four minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. This sauce will be thicker than a normal Béchamel sauce because it will be used as a filling.
  8. Season the sauce with the salt and pepper then remove the sauce from the stove and stir in the mustard and tarragon.
  9. Remove the lobster from the pot and split it in half. Remove the tail meat from the shells and then with the back of a knife, gently crack the lobster's claws. Dice the tail meat and fold in the Béchamel sauce. Stir in the 1/2 cup of grated cheese and reseason if you like.
  10. Divide the mixture and spoon it into the two lobster tail shells. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of grated cheese on top of the lobster.
  11. Place the filled lobster on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake the lobster for about eight to 10 minutes or until the top of it is golden brown.
  12. Add the bacon to a hot sauté pan and cook it until it's crispy. Then add the onions and sauté for two more minutes. Next, you add the beans and continue to sauté for two or three more minutes. Season everything in the pan with salt and pepper and stir in the garlic.
  13. Remove the beans from the pan.
  14. To assemble the lobster thermidor dish, divide the bean mixture between two plates, lay the lobster halves on top of the beans, and then garnish them with parsley.