Lobster and green chilli chowder with roasted corn and green chilli relish

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
4 (900g) lobsters, steamed
Roasted Corn and Green Chile Relish, recipe follows
For Roasted Corn and Green Chile Relish:
2 Tbsp rapeseed oil
1 lime, juiced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 large poblano chilli, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely diced
4 ears fresh corn, silks removed but husks left on, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
10g finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus leaves for garnish
700ml double cream
3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
950ml to 1.2 litres lobster stock
450g roasted corn kernels, cobs reserved *see Cook's note
240ml dry white wine
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
45g unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1) Remove the claws from the lobsters. Carefully crack the claws and try to remove the meat in 1 piece and set aside for garnish. Remove the tail meat and chop into 2cm chunks and set aside in the refrigerator. Reserve the shells.

2) Melt butter in a medium stockpot over medium heat; add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Increase heat to high, add the wine, lobster shells, and corn cobs and cook until completely reduced. Add 950ml of the lobster stock and bring to a boil. Add 300g of the corn and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove the lobster shells and corn cobs.

3) Transfer the soup to a food processor and process until smooth. Strain into a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir in the lobster meat, remaining 150g of roasted corn kernels and green chiles and cook for 5 minutes.

4) Place double cream in a medium saucepan and reduce by half. Add the reduced cream to the chowder and stir until combined, if the chowder appears too thick, add some of the remaining lobster stock to thinly slightly. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the coriander. Ladle into bowls and top with a few tablespoons of relish, a lobster claw and fresh cilantro leaves.

Roasted Corn and Green Chile Relish:

1) Preheat oven to 220C/Gas Mark 7.

2) Remove corn from water, place on baking sheets and roast in the oven until tender and slightly charred, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove husks and kernels and place kernels in a bowl.

3) Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Let relish sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow flavours to meld.

*Cook's note: to roast corn: Remove the silks from the corn, but leave the husks on. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 220C/Gas Mark 7. Remove corn from water, place on baking sheets and roast in the oven until tender and slightly charred, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove husks and kernels and place kernels in a bowl. You can also do this on a barbecue.<

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