Lobster Tortilla Soup

Lobster Tortilla Soup

Lobster Tortilla Soup

With the world’s largest lobster festival right around the corner and in our own backyard (The Port of Los Angeles), it was time to develop a new lobster recipe. Now while lobster is usually decadent, expensive, and reserved for special occasions, I sought to create a more humble lobster dish for everyday enjoyment. These 3.5 ounce lobster tails cost $6.50 each, while the rest of the ingredients are quite inexpensive – this hearty meal in a bowl can be served to company as well as enjoyed for a weeknight dinner.

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Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed

lobster pad thai elegant-style, lobster tail

Broiled Lobster Tail with Chili Glaze
Rice Noodles, Spicy Pad Thai Sauce
Sunny-Side-Up Quail Eggs, Garlic Chives and Blossoms, Mung Bean Sprouts
Chopped Peanuts, Thai Red Chili, Cilantro, Lime Wedges

Lobster Pad Thai Deconstructed is the second in a series of distinctive Pad Thai dishes having special qualities, ingredients, or plating style ~ it’s Pad Thai with a twist…

One of Thailand’s most popular dishes is commonly made with stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, garlic chives, garlic, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, crushed peanuts, coriander and lime ~ the Taste With The Eyes Pad Thai Series incorporates all or most of these ingredients into delicious recipes with unique flair!

chili glazed lobster tail

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For Your Next Party: The Shellfish Course

shellfish course
the yellow course:
colossal shrimp & littleneck clams

sherry brandy lobster sauce with corn, tarragon, parsley
toasted baguette

shellfish course

Now here’s another dish from our fundraiser dinner held last weekend. Shrimp and clams in the bright yellow broth make a stunning presentation, while sherry, brandy and tarragon give it unique flavors. This course is terrific for entertaining as both the shrimp and lobster stock can be prepared ahead of time. To serve – the clams are cooked in the stock, removed and kept warm while corn, cream and herbs are added to finish the broth which, by the way, is heavenly.

table setting, centerpieces

Believe it or not, the idea for this menu came to me in a dream. I definitely dream in color… The idea is that the appetizer course, which is plated on a large tray for guests to help themselves, is all-colors. Then when the guests are seated for dinner each individual course is a single color. The shellfish course was the “yellow course” while the previous post of Sturgeon Two Ways was the “purple course.” The recipes for the “green course” a chilled soup of Sugar Snap Pea & Mint, and the “pink course” Fettuccine with Beet Syrup, and “orange course” Mango & Lime Cream Vol-au-Vent have been posted on Taste With The Eyes previously.

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Your Next Lobster Tail Recipe

Broiled Lobster Tails, Bobby Flay Recipe
Broiled Lobster Tails with Manila Clams & Corn
Sherry Cognac Lobster Broth with Tarragon & Parsley

My brother Bill is in town from the Florida Keys. I invited him over to try out a Bobby Flay recipe of striped bass in a lobster broth. Being Bill, he asks, “Lobster broth, without lobster tails?” Being Bill, of course he showed up with the tails, mighty big ones I might add. I’ll try Flay’s striped bass next time.

So we went for a hike along the coast, checked out the aftermath of the major landslide that occurred in November, then cooked a dinner that was simple and easy to prepare yet had complex flavor pairings and was nothing short of extraordinary. My thanks to Bill and Bobby.

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Poached Salmon, Lobster Mash, Lentil Gumbo “Gravy”

poached salmon, lobster mash, lentil gravy

Court Bouillon Poached Fresh Salmon
Lobster Mashed Potatoes with Butter and Chives
Gumbo “Gravy” with French Lentils

A piece of fish, mashed potatoes & gravy. On steroids. Inspired by the extraordinary marriage of Lobster Fettuccine with Gumbo Sauce, this dish features buttery lobster mashed potatoes paired with a flavorful seafood-based gumbo “gravy” flecked with earthy French lentils. Fresh salmon filets are poached in a court bouillon, imbuing the fish with subtle lemony herbaceous qualities and a silky texture. The robust flavors and extravagant ingredients remake the everyday combination of fish & potatoes into a voluptuous meal.

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Lobster & Okra Fettuccine, Spicy Gumbo Sauce

Lobster & Okra Fettuccine, Gumbo Sauce
Maine Lobster & Homemade Pickled Okra
Tossed with Fresh Fettuccine
Spicy Gumbo Sauce
Ground Sassafras & Celery Leaf Garnish

Lobster & Okra Fettuccine, Gumbo Sauce
Will you be entertaining anytime soon? May I suggest this dish as a pasta or main course, it’s a show stopper. A twist on Louisiana’s gumbo, but with fettuccine and pickled okra. The depth and complexity of the gumbo sauce made from a golden brown roux will WOW your guests, as, of course, will generous morsels of fresh Maine lobster. Pickled okra counterbalances with a refreshing zing. Those not too fond of okra will be impressed, there is none of that usual slipperiness.

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