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Tomato Gazpacho With Lobster

Tomato Gazpacho With Lobster

Tomato Gazpacho With Lobster

By Chef Gerald Hirigoyen


3 live lobsters (about 1 1/2 pounds each)

3 cups canned tomatoes in juice, coarsely chopped

1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion

1 large red bell pepper, cored and coarsely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup cold water

1/3 small cooked red beet (about 1/2 cup)

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Pinch of Piment d’Espelette*

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1/4 cup finely diced apple

1/4 cup finely diced cucumber

18 baby red or yellow pear tomatoes, halved

1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives 12 small thin toasts (optional)


To cook the lobsters, fill a stockpot 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil.

Slip the lobsters into the water, cover, and cook until the shells are bright red, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, remove the lobsters. Set aside to cool.

When cool, lay the lobsters on their backs and cut each one in half lengthwise, starting at the head.

Remove and discard the intestinal vein along the back of the tail.

Snap off the claws, crack them with a mallet and carefully pull the meat out of the shell, intact if possible. Using the same method, remove the tail meat, set it aside with the claw meat and discard the shells.

Place the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, water, and cooked red beet in a blender; puree until smooth, about 1 minute.

Strain the puree into a bowl using a chinois or fine mesh sieve. Immediately pour the puree back into the blender, add the sherry vinegar, salt, pepper, Piment d’Espelette, and extra-virgin olive oil. Blend on high speed until smooth and well combined.

Pour 3/4 cup of gazpacho in the bottom of a shallow soup bowl. Place one lobster tail in half, cut side up in the center of each bowl. Prop a claw up against the tail.

Garnish the bowls equally with the apple, cucumber, tomatoes, chives, and toast.

(California Tomato Grower’s Association/ www.piperade.com)

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