Lobster Salad in Potato Leek Nests

The fryers we used to make these lacy baskets are available in most cookware stores and online.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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

1 lemon, zest finely grated and juiced

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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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