Lobster on Thick Cut Idaho® Potato Chips with Spicy Saffron Aioli
Dress up your favorite Idaho® Potatoes with lobster and saffron aioli for a special holiday appetizer! Salty, crunchy thick-cut chips are a sturdy base for buttery lobster tail. Topped with a spicy saffron aioli and chives, it makes an elegant nibble for any party.
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- 1 pound Idaho® Russet Potato, sliced 1/16" thick
- 3 - 4 Maine lobster tails (a little over a pound total weight)
- 1 bunch chives, whole + 2 tablespoons finely chopped for garnish
- saffron aioli (recipe below)
- oil for frying - I used canola
For the spicy saffron aioli:
- 1/2 cup canola oil (or blended oil)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce of your choice (I used Sriracha)
- Soak potato slices in cold water for at least 2 hours.
- Make the aioli: Pour the canola oil and olive oil into a measuring cup with a spout. Using an immersion blender or food processor- combine the egg yolks, mustard, saffron, hot sauce, salt and white pepper. With the motor running, add the oils SLOWLY in a thin, steady stream. When it begins to emulsify, you can add the oil a little faster until it is all incorporated. The aioli should be the consistency of mayonnaise. Use saffron water to thin the aioli if needed. Transfer into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Steam the lobster: Carefully thread two 6" wooden skewers through the tails to keep them straight. Pour about a half an inch of water into a pot and place a steamer rack inside. (I used my canning rack!) When water has started to simmer, place lobster tails inside and cook for 1 minute per ounce. Ex: If the tails are 6 oz each, you will cook them for 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Using sharp kitchen scissors, cut the underside of the lobster tail down the middle and slide your finger along the curved hard shell to loosen. Grab the lobster tail & pull to slide it out of the shell. Slice into large chunks and set aside.
- Make the potato chips: Rinse potatoes and pat dry. In a deep, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil to 350°F. Slowly add potato slices and fry until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pot. Add a handful at a time, if you add too many the temperature of the oil will drop and the potatoes will not fry properly. Using a spider or tongs, flip potatoes over in the oil so both sides cook evenly. It should only take a few minutes per side. When they are done, remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
- Assemble: Spread a very thin layer of aioli on the chip and top with lobster. The aioli will act as "glue" to keep the lobster in place. Drizzle a bit of the saffron aioli over the lobster and sprinkle a few chives over the top.