Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lobster Party 2013

Lobster Pot Pie

Welcome to the third annual Lobster Party post! You know the deal: one friend brings a lobster tail, another brings his professional chef skills, we host and provide dessert, everyone overdoses on delicious lobster. You can check out the last two lobster parties here:


Normally we make New England-style lobster rolls, but this year I wanted to mix it up a bit with a lobster pot pie, and luckily my friends were up for it!

Dips

My friend Alaina brought some nibbles for us to enjoy while we prepared the lobster. There was delicious cheese (Buche D'Affinois), some addictive roasted pistachios and fab dips from Bill's Farm in the Vic market. I loved the green one - super garlicky!

So, here's what Adrian and I did to make the Lobster Pot Pie. We just winged it, so I won't be writing a full recipe with weights and measures, but I'll let you know all the steps we took in case you feel like making something similar at home!

The first step was to cut the shell open and gently remove the tail meat.

Lobster tail

Lobster tail

We chopped up the shell, and placed it in a saucepan with some water, chopped leek, carrots, bay leaves, black peppercorns, parsley stalks and lemon juice, and boiled it for about ten minutes to make a simple court bouillon.

Lobster court bouillon 

While the stock was cooking, we chopped up the lobster tail into generous chunks. Once the stock was ready, we strained out all the bits, then cooked the lobster meat very briefly in the court bouillon.

We placed the the cooked lobster meat in my pie dish, with some peeled broad beans, lemon zest and chopped parsley. (I bought an enamel pie dish last week! How hipster of me! I love it SO MUCH!)

Pie filling

The next step was to make a white sauce - we sauteed more chopped leeks in butter, then made a roux by whisking in flour and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. We added Sancerre wine and more of the lobster stock to up make the sauce, and added a little potato flour to thicken it. (It actually added a nice potato-ey flavour!) And in the end we stirred in a generous amount of cream.

So, the sauce went into the pie dish, and we gently stirred it to combine. I brushed the rim of the pie dish with beaten egg...

Pie filling

... and Adrian placed the pastry lid on, crimping the sides with a fork.

Pastry lid

We glazed it with more beaten egg for a shiny finish, and then it went into the oven at 200C for about 30 minutes. (I also made a couple of mini beef and bean pies for our seafood-avoider Sandra, which were really cute and very tasty - I'll be blogging that recipe soon!)

Ta-dah! Wow - the pie was so, so good! The flaky, buttery pastry, the generous chunks of lobster, the rich seafoody flavour of the sauce. A very, very decadent Christmastime treat!

Pie!

Pie insides

Knowing that the pie would be very rich, I had made a simple refreshing salad of shredded cabbage and cucumber with dill, white vinegar, salt and sugar. (Recipe from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook!) It was a good salad, but people were (understandably) a lot more excited by the lobster pie!

Cabbage and cucumber dill salad

Dessert was a maple pecan pie (because we really needed more pastry!) with a little crème fraîche. I made up the recipe myself and I'm pleased to say it worked really well, so I'll be blogging the recipe soon. Yay!

Maple Pecan Pie

A triple-pie party is a Good Party.

6 comments:

Hannah said...

sarah for president

Daisy@nevertoosweet said...

Wow you already blogged about it :) I don't think I've ever had a lobster pie before but it sure sounds and looks so amazing!!!

I found a blue enamel pie tin at home too hahaha not sure who or when I bought it but I think the red is nicerrrrrr hehe

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love the idea of a lobster party! That's part of the reason why I travelled to Canada this year-to eat lobster! :P

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

omg such an awesome night. I'm totally lusting over that maple pecan pie too. Can't wait for the recipe. Hope you have a very happy new year Sarah!

Amanda @ Gourmanda said...

There ain't no party like a pie party! The pot pie looks delicious. I bet that lobster/cream mix would go great in a bread bowl as well!

Shellie said...

Now that is one hell of a party!! love it!