Lobster Salad in Potato Leek Nests

The bird's nests fryers we used to make these lacy baskets are available in most cookware stores, and online.

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Potato Leek Nests:
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 large leeks, white parts only
  • 2 large russet potatoes, about 1 pound
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lobster Salad:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped tarragon leaves
  • 3/4 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and cored, finely diced
  • 1 rib celery, finely diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head frisee, cleaned and leaves separated
  • Black American caviar, for garnish, optional
Directions
  • For the nests: Heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil to 340 degrees F in a 4-quart saucepan. (Use a saucepan that is taller than it is wide.) Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

  • While the oil is heating, halve and rinse the leeks. Slice them thinly and put in a medium bowl. Peel the potatoes and use a mandoline to julienne them. (To julienne without a mandoline, slice the potatoes about 1/8 inch thick, stack the slices, and slice 1/8-inch thick.) Toss the potatoes, butter, flour, salt and pepper with the leeks.

  • Scoop about 1 cup of the potato mixture into a bird's next frying basket and immerse in the hot oil until set and golden brown. Transfer to the paper towels and repeat with the remaining mixture.

  • For the lobster salad: Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest and juice, cayenne pepper, chives and tarragon in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in lobster, fennel and celery. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary

  • To serve, place a potato and leek nest in the centers of 4 plates. Mound a small bunch of frisee in the middle of the nests, and then top with some the lobster salad. Garnish with chives and caviar.

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