A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
2 large lobsters
1 cup 35% cream
1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1-750 ml bottle white wine
2 onions chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 bay leaves
Salt and Pepper
1 box penne pasta
Put a large pot over high heat and add about 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and add the lobsters. Cover and let steam for about 8 minutes per pound. When they are done, remove the meat from the tail, knuckles and claws and reserve.
Smash the shells with the back of a knife or with a hammer (wrapping the shells in a kitchen towel reduces splatter). Put them into a large saucepot and add the cream, tomatoes, wine, onions, garlic and bay leaves.
Simmer for 1.5 hours, until the liquid has reduced by half and is reddish brown in colour.
Strain the sauce into a clean pot and add the horseradish. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve the sauce with the reserved lobster.
As seen on Chef at Home
Around here we tend to take our lobster pretty seriously. Nothing beats the flavour like a lobster pulled from the sea then cooked in the sea. But if you don't live by the sea, how do you make the sea? Too easy. Just remember for every gallon of water add 1/2 cup of salt.
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