Carribean Lobster Stew with Spicy Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse 1999

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound chorizo sausage, sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 cups onions, julienned
8 cups lobster, shrimp or fish stock
12 whole cloves of garlic, peeled
2 green chiles, sliced into thin rings
3 cups roughly chopped assorted greens, such as collards, mustards, turnip, chard, dandelion, beet greens or spinach
2 cups chopped tomatoes
3 oranges, juiced
2 spiny or maine lobsters, cut in half
Crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 recipe of spicy fritters
1 recipe red pepper mayonnaise

In a large pot, with a lid, over medium heat, add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and onions. Saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the stock, garlic and chiles, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 60 minutes.
Add the greens, tomatoes, orange juice and lobster halves. Season with salt and crushed red pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro. To serve, place the lobster halves in the center of each shallow bowl. Spoon the broth over each lobster. Garnish with fritters and a drizzle of the mayonnaise.
Yield: 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
Crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Crystal hot sauce, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
Solid vegetable shortening for deep frying
Creole seasoning

Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt and crushed red pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the garlic, and continue to saute for 1 minute. Remove and set aside to cool.
Make a batter by combining the 3 eggs, milk and baking powder. Add the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating until all is used and the batter is smooth. Season with slat. Stir in the parsley. Season with hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Mix well. Heat the shortening to 360 degrees F. Drop the batter, a heaping tablespoon at a time, into the hot oil. When the fritters pop to the surface, roll them around with a slotted spoon in the oil to brown them evenly. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with Creole seasoning.
Yield: about 2 dozen

1 egg*
1 red pepper, roasted, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup olive oil

In a food processor, combine the roasted pepper, garlic, cilantro and egg. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and continue to process until the mixture forms a thick emulsion.
Yield: about 1 cup

The American Egg Board states: "There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of food poisoning....Healthy people need to remember that there is a very small risk and treat eggs and other raw animal foods accordingly. Use only properly refrigerated, clean, sound-shelled, fresh, grade AA or A eggs. Avoid mixing yolks and whites with the shell."

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