Pasta-fest continues chez moi.
While I’m certain there’s a little tweaking I could use on my pasta, there’s not too much room for variation when your ingredients are 100 g. flour: 1 egg, and you knead it until it’s just too sticky, then add more flour and knead again.
The challenge is finding something to eat with the pasta. In the case of fresh linguine (or pre-made pasta), it’s pretty simple: sautee some vegetables and a little meat, and have pasta primavera. For homemade ravioli, however, the task is a bit more challenging. After all, not only do you have to come up with something tasty with which to stuff it, but if you’ve gone to all that trouble, your sauce had better be pretty killer, as well.
Sometime around Christmas, Jenn and I got a bit of a wild hare and decided to try our hands at lobster bisque. While normally I’m not a fan of that soup, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked ours. With that still bubbling on the brain, I came across a 1-pound lobster tail on sale last week. I knew something was going to happen with that lobster tail.
Then, we invited our friends, Becky and Bradley over for dinner. They’re excellent guinea pigs, so I decided to take a chance and put the lobster in ravioli.
What You Need
One lobster tail (12-16 oz)
1 1/2 – 2 carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium shallot
1/3 cup brandy
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 tsp cayenne (or you could use half a habanero)
1 tsp minced ginger
1 pinch tarragon
2 by leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp butter
1/8-1/4 cup half-n-half (or cream)
Sautee the shallots, carrots and celery in olive oil. Remove. In the same pan, sautee the mushrooms in half your sherry.
In a deep, wide pan, put in enough water to cover about half your lobster tail, put in the bay leaves, tarragon and a couple pinches of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook the lobster tail for about 4 minutes, turn over, and cook another 4 minutes (you’re not cooking it all the way just yet). Remove the lobster tail, spoon out the fat, and turn the water down to a simmer.
Crack the shell and remove the meat. Set aside.
Reserve the water you boiled the lobster in, and place the shell back in the pan. Add the brandy and flame until the alcohol is burned off.
Put the reserved water (but remove the bay leaves), mushrooms and veggies in the pan with the shell, add the coconut milk and the rest of the sherry and simmer for about an hour.
Pour a glass of wine. Drink it.
Remove the shell (you can trash it now). Strain out the vegetables and return the water to the pan. Bring to a boil. Slice up your lobster and place it in the water for about 4 minutes. Remove and place in a food processor with half the veggies.
Put the other half of the veggies back in the broth and turn the heat up to medium high. Add the butter and reduce (you’ll add the half-n-half if you need a little thickness). Check the level of your salt (salt to taste)
Chop up the lobster and veggies in the food processor (mince it), and make up your ravioli. Bring water to a boil (you’re going to cook the ravioli about 5 minutes, so time that with your sauce).
Cook, plate and enjoy!
We served with a Riesling (mildly sweet).