Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lobster Mashed Potatoes

Last night was my last night of freedom (started a new job this morning).  I decided to make a steak dinner with a side of lobster mashed potatoes, it just felt appropriate!
Mashed potatoes a.k.a. the quintessential comfort food - combined with lobster, everyone's favorite celebration seafood equals a match made in heaven!  Although lobster isn't ideal (budget wise) for a daily meal, it is a really really fun way to jazz up an all American comfort food!
NOTE: it is always important to read a recipe fully before you start to cook.  For instance, after cooking the lobster, instead of pouring the water down the drain like you would usually do, you are going to save it to boil the potatoes.  Because that is something we would do out of habit, it would be easy to miss that step if you didn't read the entire recipe first.  
Lobster Mashed Potatoes   

2 fresh Florida lobster tail OR 1 small Main, approximately 8-10oz.
1/3 cup of cream
2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped

1 pound potatoes, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 cloves of garlic, roasted then mashed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the lobster  until just opaque in center, about 7 minutes. 
Using tongs, transfer lobster to work surface and cool slightly (DO NOT drain the water in the pot).
After the lobster has cooled enough to handle it, remove the meat from shell.  Cut meat into 1-1/2-inch pieces.  
Chop the tarragon.
In a medium saucepan, bring 1/3 cup cream to a simmer.  Add the lobster meat and tarragon; cover and set aside.
Return reserved lobster water to boil.  Note: it is normal to have a foamy type substance in the water.
Add potatoes and boil until potatoes are tender, 10-20 minutes (depending on how small you cut the potato cubes. 
In the meantime, over medium-high heat, roast the cloves of garlic in a small pan of olive oil. Approximately, 8-10 minutes or until nicely golden brown.
Drain potatoes then return them to the pot and mash. 
Add butter and lobster mixture to mashed potatoes and stir until butter melts.  Season potatoes to taste with salt and pepper. 
Enjoy!! I know you will!!  

Listening to: The Script - Long Gone and Moved On 

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