Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lobster Risotto

Decadent.  Delicious.  Ridiculously simple.
 
Last July, I penned a primer of sorts on how to make a basic risotto.   While this can still be used as a reference, the recipe below has a few tweaks to the process that I thought were necessary to ensure that the star ingredient shined.
 
Mis en place
 
32 oz. container of Seafood Stock
16 oz. Lobster meat
2 cups arborio rice
1 stick butter
1 onion, diced small
Frozen peas
 
A few words....
 
I used cooked, frozen lobster meat from a specialty fish store.   I can already hear the purists moaning, but I simply didn't have time to deal with raw, fresh meat and this was tail and claw meat that I had to chop. It tasted great and none of my dinner guests were the wiser. (until I told them)
 
I also used butter in this recipe which I typically do not use in other risotto.  However, I thought the butter would help season the rice and complement the lobster since I did not want to add cheese to the dish. 


Here's the Risotto coming along, with the Lobster meat diced and ready to be added

Saute the onion in a bit of olive oil until soft.  Add the rice and "toast" for about 1 minute while stirring constantly. Warm the broth and ladle it into the rice one ladle at a time until it's absorbed.  It's no more difficult than that.  About half way through, I added the stick of butter and seasoned with a bit of sea salt.
 
Once the rice is al dente, stir in the Lobster and allow to warm through.  Add the frozen peas for color - use them essentially as an "herb" and add as much as you like.  They'll cook through in less than a minute.  Serve in warm bowls. 


Plated Lobster Risotto
The finished dish was delicious; between the firmness of the rice, the richness of the lobster meat, and the silkiness added by the butter, our Guests® raved about this "Primi". 
 
What to drink?  Well, this dish was served as part of a 2008 Barolo Dinner that I hosted. My report on the wines from that vintage will be forthcoming soon. Suffice to say, that despite the counterintuitive nature of the pairing, it worked beautifully with several of the Barolo tasted. 
 
If whites are your thing, I can't imagine a better pairing for a buttery Chardonnay. 
 
Allora....

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