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Spiny Lobster with Lentils and Warm Miso Sauce
By Chef Mohamed Tabib, Fish Hopper, Monterey, CA

Chef Participant: Cooking for Solutions Conference 2006

Serves: 6 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients: (use organic when possible)
6 (3-oz.) Spiny Lobster* (cooked meat portions)
1 Egg (white, beaten)
3 stalks Lemon Grass (diced)
1 ea. Lemon, Orange and Lime (grated and rinds combined)
1 tbls. Nori (fine julienne)
1 tspn. Black Sesame Seeds
Frisee Lettuce

CCombine lemon grass, grated citrus rinds and seaweed. Coat lobster meat with egg white and cover with seaweed mixture. Cook lobster for 30 seconds on each side in a heated pan with olive oil. Set aside.

*Seafood Watch recommends trap-caught spiny lobster from the U.S. and Australia.

1/4 cup White Lentils
1 tbls. Olive Oil
2 sm-to-med Shallots (chopped)
1 Pinch Ground Cumin
1 Pinch Coriander
1 Pinch Ginger
1 Pinch Ground Fennel

Soak 1/4 cup white lentils for 3 hours in cold water, then drain. Chop softened lentils. In a heated skillet, add 1 table-spoon of olive oil, lentils, shallots and a pinch of ground cumin, coriander, ginger and ground fennel. Cook until shallots are tender.

6 Baby Yellow Beets (blanched and peeled)
6 Baby Red Beets (blanched and peeled)
1 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 tspn. Sugar
1/2 tspn. Coriander

Marinate beets in a mixture of rice wine vinegar, sugar and coriander.

Warm Miso Sauce
1/2 cup Demiglace (brown sauce)
1/2 tspn. Red Miso Paste
1 tbls. Blood Orange Juice (or regular orange juice)
1 tbls. Roasted Red Pepper Puree
1/4 cup Butter

In a saucepan, combine the demiglace, red miso paste, orange juice and red pepper puree. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and whisk 1/4 cup butter into mixture, a small amount at a time. Keep mixture warm.

To Serve:
On a small plate, place 1 teaspoon of lentils and some frisee lettuce. Top with spiny lobster, baby beets and finish with warm miso sauce. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.


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