- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 (1 1/2 pound) live lobsters
- 1/2 cup water, plus 3 cups
- 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 2 cups white wine
- 8 sprigs parsley
- 8 sprigs cilantro
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 white peppercorns
- 2 roasted poblano peppers, peeled, seeded and pureed
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Freshly ground white pepper
- Toasted Corn Relish, recipe follows
Plunge a knife between the eyes of the lobsters to dispatch them. Then split them in half lengthwise, and remove the sand sack. Separate into tail, claw, and chest pieces and add the sections to the vegetables. Add 1/2-cup water and cover the pan with a lid for 4 minutes. Remove lid and allow the water to evaporate, then turn off the heat. Remove the lobster pieces from the pan and set aside. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the tails and claws, and reserve the meat.
Chop the shells into smaller pieces and return to the pan. Add the sherry and ignite. When the flames subside, add the wine and reduce by half. Add the water, parsley, cilantro, bay leaf, white peppercorns, poblano puree, and salt, to taste and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.
Remove most of the shells and pass the soup through a sieve into a clean medium saucepan, add the reserved lobster meat and cook until reduced to 2 cups. Blend the soup in a blender in batches then strain through a sieve into a clean, medium saucepan over medium low heat. Place the cream and milk in a small saucepan and reduce by half. Add the cream and cook until just heated through and season with honey, salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with Toasted Corn Relish.
Toasted Corn Relish:
- 2 ears fresh corn, silks removed and ears soaked in cold water for 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1 roasted poblano, peeled, seeded and finely diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Peel the husk away, and cut corn away from the cob. Combine the corn kernels in a medium bowl with the red onion, roasted poblano, lime juice, olive oil, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.