Lobster and green chilli chowder with roasted corn-green chilli relish

  • For the chowder
  • 4 (1kg) lobsters, steamed
  • 45g unsalted butter
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 450g roasted corn kernels, cobs reserved *see Cook's note
  • 1 to 1.25 litres lobster stock
  • 3 poblano chillies, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 700ml double cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus leaves for garnish
  • Roasted corn and green chilli relish, recipe follows
  • For the relish
  • 4 ears fresh corn, silks removed but husks left on, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes
  • 1 large poblano chilli, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 30ml rapeseed oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the chowder:
1) *Cook's note: to roast corn: Remove the silks from the corn, but leave the husks on. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 210 degrees C. Remove corn from water, place on baking trays and roast in the oven until tender and slightly charred, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove husks and kernels and place kernels in a bowl. You can also do this on a griddle.

2) Remove the claws from the lobsters. Carefully crack the claws and try to remove the meat in 1 piece and set aside for garnish. Remove the tail meat and chop into 2.5cms chunks and set aside in the refrigerator. Reserve the shells.

3) Melt butter in a medium stockpot over medium heat; add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Increase heat to high, add the wine, lobster shells, and corn cobs and cook until completely reduced. Add 1 litre of the lobster stock and bring to a boil. Add 300g of the corn and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove the lobster shells and corn cobs.

4) Transfer the soup to a food processor and process until smooth. Strain into a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir in the lobster meat, remaining 150g of roasted corn kernels and green chillies and cook for 5 minutes.

5) Place double cream in a medium saucepan and reduce by half. Add the reduced cream to the chowder and stir until combined, if the chowder appears too thick, add some of the remaining lobster stock to thinly slightly. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the coriander.

6) Ladle into bowls and top with a few tbsps of relish, a lobster claw and fresh coriander leaves.

For the relish:
1) Preheat oven to 210 degrees C.

2) Remove corn from water, place on baking trays and roast in the oven until tender and slightly charred, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove husks and kernels and place kernels in a bowl.

3) Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Let relish sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

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