Lobster Florentine | Crispy Basil, Tomato Confit

Lobster Florentine


4 x 1.25 lbs Clearwater Live Lobsters
8 cups  Baby Spinach, washed
1 cups  Light chicken broth
1 cup    Heavy Cream, 35%
¼ cup   Dry white wine
2 Tbsp  Shallots, finely minced
10  Fennel seeds
2    Bay leaf
2 cups  Olive oil
1 bulb  Whole garlic
12  Cherry tomatoes, vine ripened
1 bunch Sweet basil
1 Lemons, juice and zest
Pinch Cracked black pepper
Pinch Sea salt
As required  Additional sea salt for cooking


1.    Bring Olive oil and garlic to a simmer and immediately
       reduce heat to low 500C (not too hot to touch)
2.    Wash tomatoes and place in warm oil for at least 30
       minutes, until tender
3.    In a pot of salted water quickly blanch spinach and cool
       in ice water.  Remove excess moisture by gently
       squeezing.  Reserve.
4.    Bring a large (15 litres) pot of salted water to a boil and
       cook Lobsters for 9-10 minutes cool at once by plunging
       briefly in ice water.
5.    Remove meat from the shells and reserve warm.
6.    In a heavy bottom pot, add ½ of the Olive oil and gently
       cook shallots, fennel seeds and bay leaf until aromatic
       but not colored.
7.    Add white wine and chicken stock and bring to a
8.    Pick 12 nice small basil leaves and reserve for frying.
9.    Add cream, spinach and any remaining basil leaves to
       the chicken stock and immediately purée until smooth.
10.  Adjust seasoning of spinach purée with salt and
11.  Deep fry basil leaves until crispy in hot oil.


Divide spinach purée evenly between 4 plates.
Top purée with Lobster in an artistic fashion.
Garnish with 3 olive oil poached cherry tomatoes and 3 crispy basil leaves.
Serve with a side salad or seasonal vegetable.

Serves: 4