What to do when the local grocery store has live Maine lobsters on sale for $5.99 a pound? Spend a few minutes debating whether you can dispatch the buggers; decide that if you want to eat meat you have to be able to undo sea life at the very least. Have a husband who once saw a Julia Child episode where they made this: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/11611/Jasper-Whites-Pan-Roasted-Lobster.html
Get to work.
The Summer Shack recipe is pretty straight forward: kill, clean, and cut up the lobsters, cook in a super-hot pan, add bourbon, make a sauce with butter and herbs. I couldn’t find chervil so I went with the tarragon parsley mixture recommended by Steamy Kitchen (http://steamykitchen.com/5621-summer-shack-pan-roasted-lobster.html). I was disinclined to use tarragon at all (anise flavor in buttery lobster?) but in a very small quantity and in conjunction with the bourbon it imparted a sort of sophistication that elevated the dish from just buttery sautéed lobster to something more unusual (and quite fantastic). I also didn’t add the tomalley and roe back into the butter as suggested because I figured killing lobsters was a good first start and wasn’t ready to play around with their innards too. Not that it needed any more flavor, but next time I plan to be less squeamish. Also, I added a clove of minced garlic. Do that. It was good.
As the Bob said in an email to his dad, “the hot pan roasting added a depth of flavor that I have never tasted from boiled or steamed lobsters.” Good enough for me!
If this sale happens again I plan to try a shell-on, all-butter sans stock version of Marc Forgione’s Chili Lobster: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12544/Chili-Lobster-With-Texas-Toast.html