Monday June 16, 2008
butter poached maine lobster with vanilla crepes
With this in mind, I happily purchased a cookbook that lets me bring San Francisco's top recipes to my Seduction Meal arsenal-- 86 San Francisco, a concept cookbook designed to look and feel like a traditional recipe box with 86 recipe cards. Each card features one authentic recipe, adapted for home cooks, from a selection of top restaurants in the Bay Area. Included are recipes from Chez Panisse, Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Boulevard, and One Market to name a few. In addition to San Francisco, 86 Recipes offers recipes from the top restaurants in New Orleans and and New York as well. Here is one example of an 86 San Francisco recipe.
Created by Michael Mina restaurant, this recipe for Butter-Poached Main Lobster wrapped in vanilla crepes served with a coconut Thai creme sauce is one of the many gems you will find in this cookbook. I've also had much success serving up char-grilled oysters with roquefort cheese and red-wine vinaigrette which is a recipe from the 86 New Orleans recipe box by Chef Scott Snodgrass of One Restaurant & Lounge in New Orlean
Butter-Poached Main Lobster with Vanilla Crepes
Note: For this recipe you will need a fine mesh strainer, and allow at least 30 minutes for the crepes to rest in the refrigerator. You might want to prepare the dough first, refrigerate and proceed to the Thai Coconut Reduction.
Thai Coconut Reduction
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced
6 shallots, peeled and sliced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 cup mirin
1 cup orange juice
10 oz unsweetened coconut milk, canned
2 cups heavy cream
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed medium sauce pot over a medium flame
- Just before the oil begins to smoke, add the ginger, shallots, garlic and lemongrass. Stir to coat well with the oil.
- Saute for 3-4 minutes until very fragrant.
- Add the curry and stir well. Cook for an additional 2 minutes
- Add the mirin and orange juice to the pot and reduce the heat so the liquid just simmers. Reduce until half the liquid is gone.
- Add the coconut milk, cream, and cilantro
- Simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have come together. Strain through a mesh strainer and hold warm.
6 oz all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
6 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 of a vanilla bean, seeds scraped
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
- Sift the flour, sugar, and salt together in to a mixing bowl
- Place the butter, 1/2 cup of the milk, vanilla bean pulp and pod in a small pan and heat gently to melt the butter
- Once the butter has melted, temper the mixture into the remaining cold milk and then whisk in eggs.
- Combine the liquid into the dry ingredients being sure that there are no flour lumps
- Strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove any lumps and the vanilla been seeds/pod
- Allow the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before using. Batter can be made up to a day ahead of time
- When you are ready to cook the crepes, place a 6-inch nonstick pan over a medium-low flame. Be sure to allow the pan to fully preheat before attempting to make any crepes. Generously spray the pan with nonstick spray and ladle about 1/4 cup crepe batter into the pan swirling to coat.
- If there is any excess of batter, pour it off before returning the pan to the heat.
- Return the pan to the heat and allow it to set--this should take about 30-45 seconds. Once the edges just begin to look "dry", the crepe is done. You do not need to flip the crepe to release the crepe.
- As you make the crepes, lay them onto an oiled piece of parchment paper or platter to cool. Continue working until you have the desired number of crepes.
- Once the crepes have cooled, cover loosely with plastic wrap so they won't dry out.
1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into chunks
4 sprigs of thyme
1 fresh bay leaf
Kosher salt and black pepper
(4) 3-4 oz lobster tails, shelled
Jalapeno slices (optional)
- Place a medium sauce pan over a low flame
- Add the wine to the pan and heat until small bubbles form.
- Working with one chunk of butter at a time, whisk until incorporated. The butter should stay emulsified and thick
- Add the herbs and season ot taste. Keep the pan on a low flame
- When ready to serve, season the lobster tails and place into the butter-herb sauce.
- Poach the lobster tails for about 8 minutes until just cooked through. Remove them from the butter and place onto a platter.
- Working with two Vanilla Crepes at time, lay them onto your work surface, overlapping one third, in a figure-eight shape
- Place one lobster tail at the edge of the crepe and roll it up like a cigar. Trim any excess off the ends. Continue until all 4 tails have been rolled.
- Place the lobster tails onto an oven-proof tray, brush them lightly with some of the lobster cooking butter and place into a 350 degree F oven for about 3-4 minutes, just to heat through.
- Once the crepes are hot, carefully slice each tail into 3 sections and place in the center of a small dish cut-side up.
- Spoon the Thai Coconut Reduction around the plate
- Finish with the garnishes