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RECIPE: Lobster Mashed Potatoes

There are numerous ways to make that American favorite, mashed potatoes, even better.

A topping of butter-sauteed lobster might be the most exciting preparation for a special occasion. It’s a perennial favorite at Ocean Prime, a fine steak and seafood restaurant with 12 locations from coast to coast.

We obtained the recipe from Chef Brian Hinshaw of Ocean Prime (thanks)! and adjusted it as noted, starting with much more lobster topping. With our family of foodies, you can’t start a war over who didn’t get enough lobster!

We also used Yukon Gold potatoes, which are renowned for their creamy, buttery flesh. Whatever potato you choose, plan on 1/2 pound of raw potatoes per adult.

You’ll also need a stand or hand-held electric mixer, with a wire whip attachment. If you don’t have a whip attachment, see if you can buy a set to fit your mixer; they’re very useful attachments. Otherwise, use the regular beaters and then whip the potatoes into smoothness with a whisk.

Or better yet, since Christmas is coming, ask Santa for a stand mixer with all the attachments.

RECIPE: LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES

This recipe preparation actually makes whipped or pureéd potatoes. The difference: Mashed potatoes can be made with any texture, from lumpy to pureé. Whipping the potatoes adds air volume, and whipping them into smootheness is a pureé.

Ingredients For A Crowd

  • 8 cups Idaho potatoes (we used Yukon Gold)
  • 12 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 tablespoon white pepper* (we used black pepper)
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    For The Lobster Topping

    For 12 ounces of mashed potatoes, you’ll need:

  • 3 ounces lobster meat, or more to taste (we tripled it to please our family)
  • 3 tablespoons paprika butter (1 stick soft butter whipped in a mixer with ½ tablespoon paprika)
  • 12 ounces whipped mashed potatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • Garnish: minced chives, optional paprika
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    *Peppercorns are the fruit of a vine, Piper nigrum. White pepper is a conventional peppercorn with the black husk removed. While much of the piperine—the compound that gives pungency to the peppercorn—is in the husk, French chefs of yore chose to remove it to avoid black specks in pure white dishes like white sauces and puréed potatoes. Frankly, we like the specks and the extra flavor from the husk, and use black peppercorns universally. Here are the different types of pepper, including pink peppercorns, green peppercorns and dozens of others, none of which is Piper nigrum.
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    Preparation

      Lobster Mashed Potatoes

    Lobster Meat For Lobster Mashed Potatoes

    Frozen Lobster Meat

    Chopped Chives
    Lobster Mashed Potatoes: How can you resist? (Photo courtesy Ocean Prime). [2] We purchased cooked lobster meat (photo courtesy Celtic Crab Products). [3] Frozen-cooked lobster meat is less expensive (photo courtesy GCastd.org). [4] We love fresh herbs, so added extra chopped chives and some parsley (photo courtesy A Way To Garden).

     
    1. MAKE the lobster topping: Sauté the lobster meat in 2 tablespoons of the paprika butter. Cover to keep warm and set aside (you can do this while the potatoes are cooking).

    2. PEEL the potatoes; then cut in half and slice into 1/2 inch pieces (if using Idaho russets, you can just halve the potatoes). Place in pot and cover with cold water and a pinch of salt.

    3. BRING to a boil, then immediately turn down to simmer. Never boil potatoes; they will become waterlogged. Cook until fork tender.

    4. DRAIN the potatoes in a colander, then put them back in the hot pot for 3 minutes to steam (dry out). This allows the cream and butter to be absorbed into the flesh. While the potatoes are steaming…

    5. HEAT the butter and cream in a small pan until the butter has melted. Add the potatoes to the mixing bowl and whip for 30 seconds; then add 3/4 of the butter mixture and continue to whip—slowly at first, then adding the salt and pepper and increasing the speed to whip more air (volume) into the potatoes. Use the remaining butter mixture only if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    6. SERVE the mashed potatoes in a dish, topped with lobster meat and extra. Garnish with the chives and more paprika as desired.

     
    MORE SPECIAL MASHED POTATO RECIPES

  • Beet Mashed Potatoes
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • Lowfat Mashed Potatoes
  • Flavored Mashed Potatoes: Substitute infused olive oil for the butter–basil oil, chile oil, garlic oil, rosemary oil, wasabi, etc.
  • Holiday Mashed Potatoes: Mix-in theme-colored vegetable bits–chives or scallion stems for St. Patrick’s Day, crushed red pepper flakes or pimento for Valentine’s Day, etc.
  • Mashed Potato Martini
  • Purple Mashed Potatoes
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    Plus some food fun, mashed potatoes with a cup of coffee: Mashed Potato Donuts.
     
    THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF POTATOES

    How many different types of potatoes are there? Thousands, worldwide; but check out the dozens of varieties you can find in the U.S.
      




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