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LOBSTER THERMIDOR

Ingredients

750g(11/2lb)cooked lobster,1 cup milk,1 small onion,3 cloves garlic,1 bayleaf,30g(1oz)butter 2tbsp flour,30g extra butter,4 shallots,1/2 cup dry white wine,1 cup cream,salt and pepper,1/2tsp mustard,125g (4oz)gruyere cheese.

Method

Cut lobster in half,remove flesh, cut into large pieces,reserve shells.Combine milk with peeled and sliced onion,cloves and bayleaf,bring to boil ,strain and reserve liquid.

melt butter in fry pan, stir in flour and cook 1 minute (without browning), gradually stir in hot milk,cook and stir till mixture boils and thickens, set aside

Melt extra butter in pan ,add chopped shallots,cook for a few minutes,add wine(reduce over high heat till half the quantity,add the white sauce and cream,season with salt,pepper and mustard,cook gently ,stirring for 5 minutes.

Stir in 3/4's of the grated cheese,stir till cheese melts,add lobster meat,place mixture into lobster shells,sprinkle with remaing cheese,brown under hot griller(broiler)or in hot oven.

Serves 2...serve with veges of your choice...