Monday, April 12, 2010
Iron Heffs Lobster Challenge- My Entry...
A couple weeks back, Heff threw down a food challenge featuring lobster, and I decided to participate- as I love the crawly creatures of the deep blue seas.. I came up with a menu, which by the photos looks simple, but really was involved, and time consuming!
My offerings were: Lobster brushetta, lobster crab chowder, with an almond cherry cheesecake for dessert.
The lobster was live, and had to be steamed, then taken from the shell. It was steamed/boiled in water, flavored only with sea salt and Old Bay seasoning. The crab was in the shell but cooked and frozen, so thawing and getting the meat out was work, too!
1. The Brushetta was a toasted Artisan French bread, cut on the bias about 1/2" thick. It was then spread with French Port Salut soft cheese until covered. This is a cheese remindful of Brie, but with much more flavor! I minced all toppings, lobster, black olives, green olives, onions, and tomatoes and laid them in lines on the cheese, which held them in place nicely. A light sprinkle of Old Bay on top added zip.. This was a rich, many layered flavor appetizer that was quite tasty and substantial...A few cut chives were tasty and had eye appeal..
2. My chowder consisted of large chunks of cooked lobster and crab, in a base liquid of Half and half cream, with a splash of Chenin Blanc. There were fresh corn kernels, celery, onion, and red bell pepper- all chopped and sauteed in butter and Old Bay seasoning. When tender, they were added to the main liquid. I thickened with a butter and flour roux to proper consistency, and topped with a light sprinkling of Old Bay...again, a few chives added flavor and color to the chowder..
The cheesecake was part of the half I froze after Easter, with a cherry topping that matched the almond flavor of the cake beautifully...
The leftover toppings for the Brushetta will be mixed together to make a spread for crackers or more toast..I feel the flavors would be less segregated that way..
Well, Heff and Donna- that's what I'm offering as my entry to your fun(but exausting!) challenge!!!
P.S. My wife was a huge help in this post..shopping, helping with the prep, etc. Had to give her some of the credit for your kind comments!