Straw Potato Cake with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Lobster, Smoked Salmon, Caviar & Goat Cheese Fondant

Ingredients:

  • 2 Idaho® potatoes (julienne)
  • 6 oz jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 3 oz Scottish smoked salmon - thinly sliced
  • 1 oz Osctra caviar
  • 1 lb Maine lobster
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 5 oz butter
  • 1/2 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 tomato -peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley oil (optional)
  • 1 egg, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

For the Lobster:
  1. Place the 1 pound lobster in boiling water for 5-6 minutes. Immediately plunge the lobster in ice water to stop its cooking.
  2. Remove the lobster meat from the claw & the tail. Reserve.
 
For the Goat Cheese Fondant:
  1. In a mixer, cram the cream cheese until soft. Add the goat cheese & mix until smooth. Season with salt & pepper.
For the Potato Cake:
  1. Julienne the potatoes, finely on a mandoline, or grate on a box grater. Squeeze out the water from the julienne potatoes. On a 3" diameter plate place a little of the julienne potatoes to cover the bottom of the plate. Sprinkle 1 1/2 oz of jumbo lump crabmeat over the julienne potatoes. Lightly cover the julienne potato & jumbo lump crabmeat with more potato. Season with salt & pepper. Repeat this process 3 more times.
  2. In a medium skillet, place 2 tablespoons canola oil & 1 tablespoon unsalted butter. When the oil & butter mixture begins to froth slide in one of the potato/crabmeat cakes. When lightly brown on one side turn the potato cake over. Brown on both sides- Remove from the pan and keep warm. Repeat process until all the cakes are cooked.
To assemble:
  1. Roughly chop the lobster meat. Toss with olive oil, diced tomato & 1/2 of the chopped chives. Season with salt & pepper. Place one potato/crabmeat cake on each of the four plates. Place a dollop of the lobster salad in the middle of each potato cake- Randomly place, equally, the smoked salmon on the crabmeat/potato cake. With 2 small spoons form the cream cheese/goat cheese mixture into quenelles. Place at 12 o'clock, 4 o'clock & 8 o'clock on the plate. Sprinkle with chive & serve immediately.
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Yield: 4 Servings

Source:
Chris Ward
The Mercury
Dallas, TX

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