When we sat down for our three course dinner on New Year’s Eve we enjoyed all the classics. Starting with lobster. As I could only find already cooked lobsters (and they were slightly overcooked in my opinion) the last thing I wanted was to heat it up again and cook it further, so instead I made a beurre blanc with cucumber and chives which I poured over the lobster. We also had some bleak roe left from the nibbles so I added that as a final touch.
It was really delicious and definitely a good way of making an already cooked lobster a bit more exciting without cooking it further! Now that I’ve learned how to make beurre blanc (it was so much easier than I thought) I will definitely make it often.
Lobster with beurre blanc and cucumber, serves 4
2 lobsters, already cooked, halved and prepared
1 1/2 shallots, chopped
200 ml white wine
200g salted butter, cut into cubes
1/4-1/2 lemon, the juice only
1 bunch chives, finely chopped
4 spoonfuls bleak roe
Peel the cucumber roughly. Cut in half lengthways and remove the seeds with a spoon or knife. Cut in half again lengthways and chop into 4 mm wide pieces. Set aside.
Put the onion and wine in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil until the liquid has reduced to half. Remove from the heat and add the butter cubes and whisk until you have a silky sauce. Add some lemon juice and black pepper. Pour the sauce through a sieve and add the chives and cucumber.
Place the lobster halves on plates and spoon the sauce over and around the lobster. Top with the bleak roe.
I wish I had known earlier how easy it is to make beurre blanc. I mean, I’ve been making bearnaise and hollandaise sauce for years and that’s difficult in comparison.
To me, beurre blanc seemed like such a chef-y thing to do, I never gave it a go. Until recently. It was really easy to make and such a lovely companion with fish, potatoes and peas. And to make the dish a little extra I added some salmon roe. Despite it containing a lot of butter it actually feels really light, so don’t let that put you off.
Oven-baked cod loin , serves 2
ca 300 g cod loin
butter for frying
salt and pepper
Melt a knob of butter in an oven-proof frying pan (no plastic) on medium heat. Cut the fish in half and pat dry with kitchen towel. Season well. Fry the fish until it’s browned a little, approx 3 minutes on each side. Place the frying pan in a 200C oven for approx 5 minutes. The fish should be slightly raw (opaque) in the middle and soft. Let it rest for a few minutes.
Beurre blanc, serves 2
1 shallots, chopped
100 ml white wine
100 g salted butter, cut into cubes
1/4 lemon, the juice only
1 bunch chives, finely chopped
2 tbsp salmon roe
Put the onion and wine in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil until the liquid has reduced to half. Remove from the heat and add the butter cubes and whisk until you have a silky sauce. Add some lemon juice and black pepper. Pour the sauce through a sieve and add the chives.
Can be made in advance (but put the chives in just before serving) and reheated before serving.
Serve with the baked cod, boiled new potatoes, cooked peas and and a heaped spoon of salmon roe.