In this week's recipe Dorie calls for a whole lobster, but I used two lobster
tails instead. Unfortunately, a 4 oz tail does not have a great deal of "meat"
so I decided to make this an appetizer followed by a cheese omelet.
I found the process of preparing the clarified butter very time consuming but
the end result was tasty. I served it over a bit of sautéed spinach.
I can't honestly say that I would make this recipe again but I am glad that
I did prepare it today. It is always interesting to try new flavors -
sometimes they work for you and sometimes they don't.Per Tricia~
This was phenomenal. PHENOMENAL.
My husband was looking forward to the vanilla addition all along but I
personally could not wrap my head around the flavors until I tasted it.
The aroma was far stronger than the actual flavor. It was a lovely combination
that I would simply never have considered if not for "Around My French Table"
by Dorie Greenspan. Thank you Dorie !
While this makes a lovely main course we enjoyed it in a different way...
adding it to a family treat night when I made Baked Brie en Croûte with
Apple Compote after we had enjoyed an early steak dinner with my younger son.
I have made and frozen the apple compote successfully so I just have to take a
portion out and assemble the brie and puff pastry when we are in the mood for
this delicious treat. It is fabulous for company too as well.
Needless to say, it felt like a very special occasion even though it was simply
a Sunday night. I will absolutely be repeating this lobster and likely will
reconsider whether I make it without vanilla ever again. Yes, it was THAT good.
And no, I could not bring myself to cook the whole live
lobsters so I chickened out and got the tails only.
Williams-Sonoma Baked Brie En Croûte:
This appetizer can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Assemble the pastry, cheese and apple compote, but don't brush the dough with the egg wash. Instead, wrap the pastry tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to bake. Then brush the frozen pastry with the egg wash and bake in a 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes.