I am lucky to live near the sea and fishing ports down here in Devon, so really fresh lobster is easy to come by. Having said that, the big supermarkets are not only stocking more lobsters but the prices, certainly over Christmas, were amazingly cheap and it is much more available than it was.
Apart from the standard way of serving the soup – hot in a bowl – how about chilling it overnight and then serving as a canapé in little shot glasses? I thought it was a fun alternative to some of my standard canapés.
This recipe is quite easy and the key to its success is to whizz it very thoroughly. I have a stick blender that I use (yes bought from Ideal World!) or you could use a liquidiser instead. But it is important that the soup is smooth and creamy.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2-4 cloves of garlic (or more if you love garlic!)
- 2 shallots and 3 spring onions finely chopped
- 4 large tablespoons(!) white wine
- 2-3 teaspoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons (or your choice) Tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 dried bay leaves
- 6 large tablespoons sherry (any kind I find is good)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Knorr concentrated liquid stock
- 8 ounces of hot water, 2 ounces tomato purée
- 2 ounces butter and 16 ounces double cream
- 8-10 ounces of cooked lobster meat
- Use a frying pan and sauté the onions and garlic in the oil for a minute or two. Now add the white wine and stir well.
- Add the Lea & Perrins, hot sauce and dried thyme and sauté again for say a minute or so. Now add the sherry and stir around well, gathering any bits that have caught on the pan.
- Add the hot water, concentrated stock and paprika. Add the bay leaves and tomato purée and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Make sure it is not boiling, add the cream and butter with a whisk, then bring to a gentle boil. Finally add the lobster and simmer until it is heated through. Now use a stick blender or liquidiser and whizz till completely velvety and smooth.
- Serve in bowls with crusty bread or try chilling overnight and serving in shot glasses as a canapé. Delicious!