Luscious Lobster Risotto

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Special occasions call for extra special fare like this deliciously creamy lobster risotto which takes on a nutty character from slightly browned butter, and a creamy character from being finished with Mascarpone cheese. A bit of lemon zest cuts the richness and brightens the entire dish.

Intimidated by working with lobster? This luxurious dish is remarkably easy (and affordable) to make with frozen lobster tails, which are available at a variety of better meat counters. Hint: rather than opting for one large tail, choose smaller tails, since their flesh is more delicate and their lobster flavor often sweeter.

Luscious Lobster Risotto

By Lori & Paul
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 6-ounce lobster tails
1 cup off-dry white wine, such as Riesling
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
4 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
1 medium leek, washed and finely diced
3 shallots, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
Zest of one lemon
1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley for garnish, chopped

Directions:

Place wine and garlic into sauté pan large enough to accommodate lobster tails. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Add lobster tails, cover and allow to steam for 8 to 10 minutes until shells curl and lobster meat turns white.

Remove lobster tails with tongs and transfer to a cutting board. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Using kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut through top shell lengthwise. Remove meat and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Add lobster shells, remaining wine and chicken stock to a large saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, and keep warm. After 5-10 minutes, remove lobster shells from stock.
Meanwhile, in another large heavy saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cook until butter begins to foam and turns brown, 2-3 minutes. Take care not to let it burn. Add leek and shallots, along with good pinch of salt, and cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add rosemary and rice and stir until lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add brandy to rice, stirring constantly until it is absorbed completely. Then add chicken stock, one cup at a time, stirring constantly. Continue adding stock just until rice is tender and creamy but still offers a bit of resistance when you bite into grain. This will take about 20 minutes. You may have some stock left over.
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When rice is cooked, remove from heat and gently fold in chunks of lobster along with Mascarpone and lemon zest. Serve in bowls, garnished with parsley.

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