The key to a good risotto is the stock, so be sure to follow Cooked Lobster and Stock. For entertaining, prepare the lobster and stock ahead then finish the risotto once guests arrive. At the Opera Bistro, chef Axel Begner tops his lobster risotto with Bleu Geai, a mild blue cheese from New Brunswick's artisanal cheese house La Bergerie aux Quatre Vents.
- Portion size 4 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: August 2008
- 3 1/3 cups lobster stock
- 1 lobster (1-1/2 lb/750 g), shelled
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- pinch dried thyme
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
MethodIn saucepan, heat stock until steaming; keep warm. Set aside claw meat. Chop remaining lobster meat into bite-size pieces; set aside.
In separate saucepan, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter and oil over medium heat; cook shallots, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add rice, stirring to coat. Add wine; cook, stirring, until no liquid remains.
Add 3 cups (750 mL) of the stock, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time and stirring after each addition until completely absorbed, about 17 minutes in total.
Add remaining stock and butter, parsley, lemon rind and chopped lobster meat, stirring until rice is creamy and tender, liquid is completely absorbed and lobster is heated through, about 3 minutes.
Thinly slice claw meat and arrange on each serving as garnish.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 894 mg
- Protein 17 g
- Calories 346.0
- Total fat 11 g
- Cholesterol 49 mg
- Saturated fat 5 g
- Total carbohydrate 41 g
- Iron 5.0
- Folate 22.0
- Calcium 4.0
- Vitamin A 7.0
- Vitamin C 2.0