Neven's Christmas Menu for 2017 includes a gorgeous Lobster Bisque.

Ingredients

Serves 4-6

  • 350g (12oz) frozen cooked lobster, thawed
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 50g (2oz) butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced small fennel bulb, diced
  • 1 fresh bouquet garni
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 tbsp brandy (Cognac if possible)
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 900ml fish stock
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lightly whipped cream, to garnish
  • fresh micro herbs, to garnish
     

Method

  1. Lobster bisque would be a very special starter to serve over Christmas and cooked Irish lobsters are now widely available throughout the year.
  2. Twist and remove the claws, and the Cut the lobster in half lengthways, then open it up and remove the tail meat. 
  3. Use the back of a knife to crack open the claws and remove the meat. Chop the meat and set to one side.
  4. Heat some oil and butter in a large pan and stir in diced carrots, fennel, celery and onion. Add the lobster shell and bouquet garni, then cover and cook for 10–15 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
  5. Add some brandy, flambé it if you wish, then tip in some tomatoes, cut into quarters,  and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato purée, white wine and stock and bring to a simmer, then cook gently for 30 minutes, until slightly reduced. 
  7. Season to taste, then Pass the soup through a fine sieve into a deep saucepan. Add some butter and the reserved lobster meat, keeping a little meat back to garnish. Whizz until blended, and put some lobster meat into the bottom of a soup bowl.
  8. Ladle the soup around the lobster,  add a swirl of cream and finish with a few micro herbs, a little oil and cracked black pepper – this really is a delicious and elegant soup, perfect to serve at Christmas.