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Lobster à l'Americaine

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2 or 3 small-sized lobsters
1 half glass of olive oil
2 shallots
1 clove of garlic
1 glass of white wine
1 half glass of Cognac
2 spoons of thick tomato sauce
1 half glass of gravy sauce
1 bunch of mixed herbs (parsley, thyme, bay leaves)
20 gr. of butter
1 pinch of Cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lemon

  • Select 2 or 3 small-sized lobsters; plunge them alive in boiled water. Remove the pincers and legs. Cut each body into 4 to 5 pieces.
  • Put half a glass of olive oil in a large saucepan, and brown your lobster over a fast heat for 10 minutes, sprinkling with salt and pepper.
  • Then add 2 shallots, and a small clove of minced garlic to brown with butter.
  • Add a full glass of white wine, half a glass of Cognac, flambé them and stir from time to time.
  • Then add 2 spoons of thick tomato sauce with half a glass of gravy sauce and a bunch of mixed herbs (parsley, thyme, bay leaves).
  • Cook over a slow heat for 10 minutes. Place your lobster pieces in a deep dish.
  • Add to the sauce a knob of butter, with a pinch of Cayenne pepper, and the juice of one lemon.
  • Stir and pour the sauce over the lobsters.

Serves 4