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Lobster Cappucino

Recipe from: Spencer on the Go

Spencer On The Go, a mobile food truck in San Francisco, California, with fine French cuisine including frog legs in curry, truffle boeuf bourguignon and fois grois torchon on toast.

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Lobster Jus:
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 live lobsters, 1-1/4 pounds each
1 large carrot
1 onion
1 fennel
1 head garlic (not peeled)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons brandy
5 pounds ice
1/2 pound unsalted butter
Truffle Foam:
3 cups heavy cream
1 whole truffle perigord
1 small shallot
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper corn
1 teaspoon Lobster coral powder
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh lemon thyme

First step: Lobster Jus

Cut the lobster into quarters. Set aside into a draining board. Bring to high heat with olive oil a soup pot. Once hot add the lobster that was previously chopped into quarters. Sautee the lobster for about 5 minutes, then strain the excess fat from the pot, then flame the lobster with the brandy. When the roughly cut carrot, onion, fennel and garlic, stir for about 8 to 10 minutes at medium heat, then add the tomato paste, stir for another 5 minutes then add the ice.  When melted down, it should cover all the ingredients of the soup. If not, just add some cold water until cover. Bring the soup to a boil then Simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

After done, remove the lobster claws and keep chilled. With the help of a heavy-duty hand blender, crush and blend the soup with the remaining components. Blend until everything is well crushed and almost smooth. With the use a chinois, or fine sleeve, strain the soup with the help of a ladle, by pressing down through the chinois, to extract all juices from lobster and the other components.

In a clean and dry heavy soup pot, pour the lobster jus and reduce it by half. When reduce, add the butter, (very chilled and diced into cubes), gradually with a hand blender until smooth. Return the soup pot to simmer for 5 minutes. Then set aside.

Second step:  Truffle Foam 

Chopped the truffle and the shallot very fine, then whip the heavy cream until smooth, almost runny.

Add the truffle, shallot, peppercorn and salt to taste. If desire more truffle flavor, you can add a drop of white truffle oil. Keep aside cool.

Third step: Garnish

Take the coral from inside the carcass of the lobster, very bright velvet green color membrane.

With a chef knife, chopped very finely, insert  the coral on a sheet pan with a wax paper, then bake it at 225 degrees for about 20 minutes or until it turns red. Then cool it in a dry environment. When cool, with a coffee grinder, bring to a chunky powder.

Add to fine Chopped lemon thyme.

Remove lobster meat from the chilled claws, discard the shells. Keep lobster meat cool until serving.  

Pour the hot lobster jus into ¾ cappuccino cup add 1 tablespoon of the truffle cream and a sprinkle of garnish, per cup.

Yield: 6 servings