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Lobster Thermidor was created for Napoleon Bonaparte by Chef Bailly. The chef wished to name his recipe Lobster a la Napoleon, Napoleon however insisted on the name Lobster Thermidor after the eleventh month of the first French Republic, from July 19th to August 17th.

3 2 lb fresh lobsters
¼ cup sweet butter
2 cups of rich cream sauce (see below)

Split lengthwise 3 fresh lobsters of 2 lb. each. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Broil very slowly under the flame of the broiling oven, basting frequently with melted sweet butter. Remove the meat from the shell and cut in small pieces, slantwise: pour in each of the six shells 2 tablespoons of rich cream sauce (see below); refill the shells with the sliced lobster and cover with more of the cream sauce. Dust the tops of the shells with a little paprika. Glaze quickly under the broiler flame, remove.

Arrange on a hot platter: garnish with fresh parsley or crisp watercress and quartered lemons and serve with a side dish of thinly sliced cucumber salad in French dressing.

Sweet Cream Sauce:

4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups, milk or cream (use the cream, umm good)
½ onion thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt (I use a little less salt)
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon of dry mustard
2 beaten egg yolk
1 whole clove

Melt the butter, adding the onion parsley and clove, stir until the onions slightly brown. Remove the onion parsley and clove from the butter; stir in the flour and blend thoroughly, (do not brown), under a gentle flame. Add the salt, pepper and dry mustard; gradually add the cream while stirring constantly over a low flame. Continue for 4 minutes after mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat, whisk a large spoonful of the mixture into the eggs to temper them, and then briskly stir the egg yolks into the mixture.


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My aunt came over for dinner, so for something special I cooked lobsters. It was a tad nerve-wracking, because you want lobster to taste good because they are so expensive.

That's ok though, because now I say, "Heh - I just spent $60 on lobsters, I can spend $60 on ... ."

But back to the recipe - I did a tried and true lobster mornay, though I was desperate to also try "Lobster Theodore". When I discovered it was called "Lobster Thermador" I was equally happy. I'm still just as happy, post-experiment to find out that it is in fact "Lobster Thermidor".

However you call it, Thermidor is an underrated version of lobster. I understand that this method of cooking is often reserved for 'off lobster' - and I cannot condone this. I would suggest making it at home with the freshest lobster you can find, and not ordering it in a restaurant.
I was nervous when it looked as though the sauce was breaking up, and it looked like it was destined never to emulsify - if this happens to you: persevere! With continual stirring, the sauce soon became smooth, rich and thick (and disturbingly not that high in fat).

Ingredients - for four (4) precooked lobsters


Heat the oil in a saucepan. Mix in the flour and season to taste (don't go easy on the nutmeg or paprika). Continue heating until the mixture bubbles. Reduce the heat and slowly mix in the milk and then the wine. Keep stirring over a medium heat until the mixture becomes smooth and begins to thicken.
Add the diced lobster flesh. Stir to coat well and remove from heat.
Spoon the mixture into the empty lobster shells. Place the lobster onto oven trays. Sprinkle cheese on top of the lobsters.
Place in a moderate oven (325°F or 160°C) for about 20 minutes - or until the cheese has melted.
Garnish and serve.

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