Lobster Thermidor

Lobster Thermidor is a classic dish. It may be served on its own as a first course for 6 to 8 people, or for 4 people as a main dish with Croquettes de Pommes de Terre or French bread and butter and a salad.4 X 1 lb. cooked lobsters, shells split, claws cracked and grey sac removed

5 fl. oz. dry white wine teaspoon dried chervil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon small shallots, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

1 oz. butter

1 teaspoons olive oil

6 fl. oz. bechamel sauce

5 fl. oz. single cream

2 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon prepared French mustard

1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated

Remove the lobster meat from the shells and claws. Cut the meat into 1-inch cubes. Wipe the shells clean and place them in a large heatproof dish. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, bring the wine, chervil, tarragon, shallots and parsley to the boil over moderate heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes or until the mixture has reduced a little. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.

In a large frying-pan, melt the butter and oil over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the lobster meat and cook, turning and tossing the pieces gently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the lobster is heated through.

Remove the pan from the heat. With a slotted spoon, remove the lobster meat from the pan. Set aside and keep hot.

Strain the wine mixture into the pan. Discard the seasonings in the strainer. Stir in the bechamel sauce, cream, salt, pepper and mustard.

Set the pan over low heat and cook the sauce, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it is thick and smooth.

Remove the pan from the heat. Add the lobster and stir to coat the meat thoroughly with the sauce.

Preheat the grill to moderate.

Spoon the lobster and sauce into the shells in the dish. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan cheese.

Place the dish under the grill and grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or matched by Champagne! until the cheese has melted and the top is browned and bubbling.

Remove the dish from the grill and serve immediately.

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