An Old Classic: Lobster Newburg

Lobster Newburg.
Classic elegance especially for springtime celebrations.
So versatile too…
as a main dish or small plate.  Rustic ragout or dainty nibble.
The Menu Shoppe has it covered…great tips for great menus.
Cheers to your springtime menus.
Lobster Newburg
three 1 1/2-pound live lobsters
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon medium-dry sherry
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon brandy
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
4 large egg yolks, beaten well
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
cayenne to taste
toast points as an accompaniment
Into a large kettle of boiling salted water plunge the lobsters, head first, and boil them, covered, for 8 minutes from the time the water returns to a boil. Transfer the lobsters with tongs to a cutting board and let them cool until they can be handled. Break off the claws at the body and crack them. Remove the claw meat and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces. Halve the lobsters length-wise along the undersides, remove the meat from the tails, discarding the bodies, and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a heavy saucepan cook the lobster meat in the butter over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes, add
2 tablespoons of the Sherry and 3 tablespoons of the brandy, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer the lobster meat with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add the cream to the Sherry mixture and boil the mixture until it is reduced to about 1 cup. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the remaining
1 teaspoon sherry, the remaining 1 teaspoon brandy, the nutmeg, the cayenne, and salt to taste. Whisk in the yolks, cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it registers 140°F. on a deep-fat thermometer, and cook it, whisking, for 3 minutes more. Stir in the lobster meat and serve the lobster Newburg over the toast.
Or this variation…
Seafood Newburg
1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 pound sea scallops, halved horizontally
1/2 pound haddock or hake fillet, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup dry sherry, such as fino or amontillado
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups light cream
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook over low heat for 1 minute. Whisk in the cream and sherry and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Whisk in the paprika and nutmeg over low heat. Cook, whisking often, until no floury taste remains, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the scallops and haddock and cook over moderate heat, stirring gently, until the haddock starts to turn white, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and lobster and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the cream sauce and simmer over low heat until the seafood is cooked, about 3 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Suggested pairing:  an earthy Meursault, to play off the sherry notes.
…and then some ready-made fabulous offerings…
From Williams Sonoma…
Our Lobster Newburg is a delicate blend of lobster mixed with cream and dash of sherry.  Ladled over toast points.  Swirl into pasta.  Our  version features airy puff pastry shells…from award-winning Dufour Pastry Kitchens.
* Delivery: for Passover and Easter, please order by March 30th.
From gilttaste.com gilttaste.com and Hancock Gourmet: This Lobster Newburg features real Maine lobster and creamy, buttery sauce tinged with sherry.
Other creativity is up to the kitchen.  Toast points or pasta. Bisque or bouche.
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