For the main on this Christmas menu I chose to stay away for THE GIANT BIRD (Turkey)… The love of the fowl in this country (UK) is fascinating… People eat chicken throughout the year and at Christmas they want to eat an even bigger variety of the bird… WHY?!It is beyond me! So, of you are tempted to stay away from the fowl too, try the Lobster. Make it a treat… It is annoying to de-shell, but it is worth the bother. I feel the same for potato! So my main is …
Lobster in Crème fraiche Served with Parsnips & Swede mash
Ingredients to serve 2:
- 2 lobsters from Lidl – £9.98
- 50g red onion
- A handful of parsley – 30p
- 3 garlic cloves
- 150g crème fraiche – 52p
- 300ml stock – made out of the lobster carcasses
- 25g butter
- Black pepper
- Vegetable oil
For the mash:
- 500g swede – 30p
- 300g parsnips – 30p
- Chopped parsley
- 25 Butter
Total spend: £11.40p
I think this might be the most expensive dish I have cooked for this blog, but it is Christmas and you are trying to eat something different and having a treat for this one day in the year is very much recommended! Enjoy it!
Progression of the lobsters preparation below
Defrost the lobsters and deshell them without damaging the shapes too much or you might end up with flakes instead of well-shaped pieces of lobster meat. Be especially careful with the laws as they are the hardest to break without crushing.
Start by separating the tails from the heads, then detach the claws from the heads. Carefully remove the shell from the tail then rinse and score the back of the tail to empty the belly of the lobster.
Once that is done, rinse the lobster tail and feel it all over to make sure that there is no shell debris left. Set aside. Now deshell the laws and carefully remove the meat. Rinse and feel all sides to make sure there is no broken shell left on the meat and set aside.
Repeat all the above with the second lobster. And do not throw away the shells debris
nor the heads. Instead, rinse and reserve in bowl with a lid or in a freezer bag.
Returning to the lobster meat: We are going to marinade it overnight.
Place the lobster meat in a bowl with 3 chopped garlic cloves and 25g chopped onion. Add a pinch of paprika, salt and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix well and leave in the fridge overnight.
The Next day:
When you are ready to make the sauce, heat a pan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, toss fry the lobster shells for 2 minutes, then add the parsley, chopped or whole with the remaining 25g of chopped onion. Toss fry for another 2 minutes before adding 500ml water. Cover the pan and leave to simmer for 10 minutes at high heat then drain using the finest sieve you can find.
The sieve will hold back even the smallest pieces of shell so you won’t find them in the sauce later. Discard the shell and set the stock aside. The stock will be about 300ml.
In a new pan, heat 25g butter and add the lobster and everything that was in the
marinade. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes allowing the onion of the marinade to soften. Now add the 300ml stock prepared previously as well as 150g of crème fraiche, salt & pepper. Stir and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes. This will give time to the liquid to evaporate and the sauce will become creamier and creamier… as you stir, look out for the sauce sticking to the sides of the pan as an indication that the sauce is getting creamier… as it begins to stick, taste and adjust the seasoning. Before removing from heat.
For the mash:
Peel and cut the swede and parsnips in small pieces.
Place them in a pan with enough salted water to cover the content of the pan. Bring to boil for 10-20 minutes depending on the size of the pieces of vegetables. Both vegetables feel a bit like potato once they are cooked so, keep a closer eye on them after 10 minutes of boiling as you do not want a soggy mash. The vegetables should be cooked, but still firm and mashable.
Once they are cooked, drain and mash either with a potato ricer or simply a potato masher. Add the remaining 25g butter, a pinch of salt, combine and finish with chopped parsley.
Serve hot as suggest with the lobster.
PS: Lidl’s Lobsters are pretty well rated by the Daily mail… check out what they said about it here.