At Snow Leopard Vodka we pride ourselves on being a quality vodka with a unique flavour profile. And while drinking a great vodka you should be eating something equally luxurious. To us, there is nothing more luxurious yet simple than whole steamed lobster. With this recipe for Vodka-Steamed Lobsters with Tomato-Thyme Butter Sauce, Denise Mickelsen from Fine Cooking shows us how vodka can add a subtle sweetness to your lobster.
1/2 cup Snow Leopard Vodka
1 tbs. granulated sugar
2 whole live lobsters (1-3/4 lb. each)
1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, finely chopped (3 tbs.)
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 medium clove garlic, minced
Big pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbs. tomato paste
2 tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
In a tall stockpot, bring 5 cups water, the Snow Leopard Vodka, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add the lobsters to the pot and steam, covered, until they’re bright red and a small leg easily pulls away from the body, about 10 minutes. Transfer the lobsters to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
Discard all but 2 cups of the lobster cooking liquid. Vigorously boil the remaining liquid in the stockpot, skimming off any foam, until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 9 minutes.
Heat the oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallot, thyme, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens slightly, about 1 minute. Add the reduced cooking liquid, increase the heat to medium, and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and swirl in the butter, 1 tbs. at a time, until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve the lobsters with the dipping sauce on the side.
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