Monday, November 3, 2008

Roasted Lobster with Basil Mint Pesto

This is a complicated recipe that I have only made once. When I found the base recipe for this, it included the Lobster Tomalley (Liver). Since I know better than to eat the filter system of an animal, I naturally cut that part out. If you would like to enjoy the Tomalley, it is considered a delicacy, however red tide blooming on the east coast has prompted the FDA to warn AGAINST eating the Lobster Tomalley.

  • 2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 4 1 3/4-pound live Maine lobsters
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 450°F. Blanch basil and mint leaves in large saucepan of boiling water 5 seconds. Drain. Transfer leaves to large bowl of ice water to cool. Drain. Squeeze leaves to remove excess liquid. Mince garlic in processor. Add basil and mint leaves, 1/3 cup olive oil, and pine nuts. Puree until pesto is smooth. Drop 1 lobster headfirst into large pot of boiling water. Cover; cook 3 minutes (lobster will not be fully cooked). Using tongs, transfer lobster to work surface. Return water to boil. Repeat with remaining lobsters, 1 at a time. Place 1 lobster, shell side down, on work surface. Place tip of large knife in center of lobster. Cut lobster lengthwise in half from center to end of head (knife might not cut through shell), then cut in half from center to end of tail (use kitchen shears to cut through shell if necessary). Crack claws. Repeat with remaining lobsters. Arrange lobster halves, cut side up, on 2 heavy large baking sheets. Discard head sac and long thin intestinal tract that runs alongside lobster tail meat. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Transfer lobster meat and pesto mixture to medium bowl. Stir in Parmesan cheese and cream, then panko and lemon peel. Season pesto mixture with salt and pepper; divide among lobster halves, filling cavities and covering meat completely. Roast lobsters until meat is just cooked through and topping is golden, about 14 minutes. Serve with lemon.
Source:Basil Mint


FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels said...

You are a good friend! I wish someone would make that for my birthday.

FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels said...

You are a good friend. I wish someone would make that for my birthday.

Manger La Ville said...

Wow, that looks beautiful. I love the idea of roasting lobster and all that herb-y goodness.YUMMM