Begin by making the arepas. Place the corn in the blender and pulse until mostly pureed. In a mixing bowl, combine the pureed corn with the rest of the ingredients and mix until a semi-dry dough is formed. Form the dough into rounds and cook on a flat grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
To prepare the black beans, fry the bacon in a saucepan until all the fat is rendered. Add all of the vegetables and fry until soft. Add the black beans and chicken stock and simmer until beans are soft, approximately 2 hours. Once the beans have cooked, place the mixture in a blender, puree, and strain. Return the beans to the saucepan and cook the puree until it thickens.
To make the salsa, heat a large skillet with the olive oil. Saute the bacon, chile, and garlic for 1 minute. Add the butter, sugar, celery, onions, and peppers, and cook for 15 minutes until everything is caramelized. Add the vinegar and all the herbs and spices, and the chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and allow to cook for another 15 minutes. Check the sauce for seasonings and set aside once cooked.
For the adobo, toast the chiles on a flat grill and then soak them in hot water for 20 minutes. Place the chiles in a blender with 2 tablespoons of the soaking liquid and puree. Add the garlic, onion, peppercorns, marjoram, oregano, thyme, and cumin and blend again and set aside. Puree the roasted tomatoes and reserve. Using a saute pan, melt the butter and fry the pureed chile mixture for 4 minutes. Add the tomato puree and cook for another 4 minutes. Add the red wine vinegar and simmer for 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.
To assemble dish, saute the arepas until golden brown. Coat the lobster tails with the adobo and grill until done, approximately 5 minutes. Heat the refried beans, place the beans between 2 arepas, and then place it in the center of a plate. Surround the arepas with the hot Creole salsa, and place the lobster tail on top of the bean filled arepas. Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fried cilantro.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Glenn Eastman, Four Seasons Hotel, Mexico
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