Lobster Corn Chowder
Prepare this hearty chowder at the height of summer, when lobster and fresh corn are at their seasonal best.
3(1½ pound) cooked lobsters, cracked and split
3 cobs corn
For the Stock:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, ¾ stick
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
¼cup cream sherry
1teaspoon sweet paprika
4cups whole milk
2cups heavy cream
1cup dry white wine
For the Soup:
1tablespoon good olive oil
¼pound bacon, large-diced
2cups large unpeeled Yukon gold potatoes, diced, about 2 medium
1½cups yellow onions, chopped, about 2 onions
2cups celery, diced, about 3 to 4 stalks
1tablespoon kosher salt
1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
¼cup cream sherry
Remove the meat from the shells of the lobsters.
Cut the meat into large cubes and place them in a bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Reserve the shells and all the juices that collect.
Cut the corn kernels from the cobs and set aside, reserving the cobs separately.
For the stock, melt the butter in a stockpot or Dutch oven large enough to hold all the lobster shells and corncobs.
Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat for 7 minutes, until translucent but not browned, stirring occasionally.
Add the sherry and paprika and cook for 1 minute.
Add the milk, cream, lobster shells and their juices, and corncobs and bring to a simmer.
Partially cover the pot and simmer the stock over the lowest heat for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the oil and cook the bacon for 4 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until browned and crisp.
Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.
Add the potatoes, onions, celery, corn kernels, salt, and pepper to the same pot and saute for 5 minutes.
When the stock is ready, remove the largest pieces of lobster shell and the corncobs with tongs and discard.
Place a strainer over the soup pot and carefully pour the stock into the pot with the potatoes and corn.
Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
Add the cooked lobster, the chives and the sherry and season to taste.
Heat gently and serve hot with a garnish of crisp bacon.