Lobster Thermidor

Background and History:

Lobster Thermidor is a classic French dish that exudes luxury and indulgence. Named after a play, “Thermidor,” during the French Revolution, it features lobster meat mixed with a creamy, brandy-infused sauce, then returned to its shell and gratineed to a golden perfection. This dish has remained a symbol of extravagant dining since its creation in the 19th century.

Ingredients:

  • 2 live lobsters (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven’s broiler.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the live lobsters and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until they turn bright red.
  • Remove the lobsters from the pot and allow them to cool. Once cooled, crack the shells and remove the lobster meat. Reserve the lobster shells.
  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced shallots and garlic and sauté until they are soft and fragrant.
  • Pour in the brandy and let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce by half.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, Gruyère cheese, Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, and paprika. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  • Add the lobster meat to the sauce, ensuring it’s coated evenly.
  • Place the lobster shells in a baking dish. Fill each shell with the lobster mixture.
  • Sprinkle extra Gruyère and Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Place the baking dish under the broiler and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 550
  • Total Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 45g

Notes:

  • Lobster Thermidor is often served as a special occasion or celebratory dish due to its richness and elegance.
  • Ensure the lobster is thoroughly cooked to avoid any food safety concerns.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of any seafood, dairy, or brandy allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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