Lobster Bisque with Langostino Lobster Tails

Lobster Bisque with LangostinoThe Lobster Bisque Challenge!

Lobster Bisque isn’t over rated, but it is often over cooked.  You’ll find that most recipes use a ton of cream to define their soup recipe as a “bisque”, then hours of waiting time to reduce.  Is all of this really necessary?  I say Nay-nay!  I’ll prove it to you in this recipe I’ve developed that not only cuts your cooking time in half but knocks out 2/3 of the fat content because you don’t really need that much cream.  Even Bobby Flay’s Lobster Bisque recipe has 6 cups of Heavy Cream in it.  Crazy!  I use only 2 and I promise you it’s just as good and if not, even better.

Langostino Tail MeatIn this Lobster Bisque Recipe I’m going to be using Langostino Lobster.  I honestly prefer Squat Lobster if you have it available.  The benefits of each are the same but there are some differences.  First, the price is incredibly reasonable.  I bought 3 pounds of solid meat, not shell, for just 20 bucks!  The difference in my opinion is a sweeter, softer lobster tail meat when you are using Squat Lobster to make Lobster Bisque.  Don’t ask me why, it’s just that way.  Regardless of the reasons, they’re both very affordable and they both make a very impressive Lobster Bisque come to life.

Lobster Bisque Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 tsp Tomato Bouillon
6 Roma Tomatoes
2 Celery Stalks
1 Carrot
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Chopped Ginger
3 Parsley Sprigs
3 Large Basil Leaves
3/4 cup Red Wine (sweet)

1 Onion
2 Tbsp Butter
1/3 cup Corn Starch
2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 lbs Langostino Lobster tails

Set the water and bouillon on medium heat on the stove.  Combine all the vegetables except for the onion in a food processor or blender and puree.  Then add mixture to the Tomato Stalk.  Chop onion and sauté until Caramelized, and then add the Corn Starch and Cream.  When the Cream thickens like a country gravy, add the seasoning and add all the onions and cream to the soup.  Chop half of the Langostino Lobster tails into small pieces and add to the Bisque.  Stir frequently and wait to reduce; 20 to 25 minutes.  It will burn the bottom if you’re not stirring!  Once it has reduced to your desired consistency, add remaining Lobster tails and serve.  If you are using large lobsters for this Lobster Bisque Recipe, all directions still apply, only adding the meat in increments isn’t necessary.

Oven Roasted BBQ Ribs

IMG_0229BBQ Ribs Must be Tender!

Luckily I’ve learned a thing or two about BBQ Ribs.  I say luckily because I’ve had a few occasions where I’ve been able to make them for large groups of people, and the last thing anyone would ever want is to bite into tough flavorless rib after hours of looking forward to them.  I say hours now because that’s what it’s going to take to get your BBQ Ribs to perfection.  I don’t know what your basis of comparison is or what your understanding and expectations are exactly when you are cooking BBQ Ribs so let me lightly brush up.

Time and temperature are everything, as equally as marinating and moisture.  Anyone that has ever eaten a dried out rib knows what I’m talking about.  But, just to be clear, when I order a BBQ Rib, I want it to be tender, juicy, succulent and full flavor.  I love it to be saucy but I also like it to have that fire roasted sear around the edges.  In my opinion, that’s the perfect rib.

Kraft-Barbecue-SauceSo now that you know what you can expect from this recipe, let me show just how easy it is, because this is not only going to blow your mind, it’s going to change the way you do ribs forever.  The cooking takes 3 hours, but the amount of work you put into the actual preparation literally only takes 10 minutes.  Is that awesome or what!  This is an older video recipe of mine when I first started Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, so I apologize for the video quality, but I just realized I never wrote anything about it.  So that’s why I’m re-introducing it to you today.  And if you like Honey and a Smokey Taste to your ribs, I recommend you mix Krafts Honey and Hickory Smoke BBQ flavors.  It has a surprisingly great flavor, I’m serious!

BBQ Ribs Instructions:

All you need is a rack of spare ribs and your favorite BBQ Sauce.  And if you’d like an extra kick, sprinkle seafood boil seasoning over your ribs before you drowned them in sauce.  That’s it that’s all.  Separate each rib individually, or in threes, which ever you prefer.  Just make sure they get covered in a pan and baked for 2 ½ hours at 300 degrees, then uncovered and baked at 350 or taken to the BBQ grill for searing.  If you decide to leave them in the pan, it isn’t a bad idea to drain out half of the liquid accumulated in the pan from the 2 ½ hour bake.  I like to drain it and add more sauce to each rib then bake or grill for the next half hour (5 minutes on a grill).  If you do your BBQ Ribs like this, I promise you that your guests will think you spent all day on your ribs!

Making the Perfect Pina Colada

Pina ColadaPina Colada 101!

Being served a dressed up Pina Colada is Awesome.  It’s refreshing and it makes you feel like you’re on vacation somewhere if you’re not already.  Making one your self can be fun, however, side fruit and umbrella’s aren’t really necessary.  By the time I get everything blended, I just want to drink it already.  So here is my version of the Pina Colada.

First, it’s all about fresh Pineapple.  If you’re planning on using pineapple in a can, put it back, put it back!  I’ve been scoring fresh Pineapples lately for under 3 bucks, so there is no reason to make a crappy mug of dead pulp.  Besides, you will NEVER get enough flavor, or at least the flavor you are expecting out of a can of pineapple; and just so you know, I am never taking the credit for a recipe someone half ass followed.  That being said, follow these instructions to a “T” and your Pina Colada will kick ass!

Pina Colada IngredientsSecondly, you have got to find yourself a can of Coco Lopez.  They aren’t your average size cans and it can usually be found in 1 of 3 different locations of your grocery, if not your liquor store; Mexican, Asian or with the Mixers.  P.S., don’t ever buy the Pina Colada Mixer, it’s a mistake, trust me.  And, just in case you don’t know, Coco Lopez is Coconut Cream.  Be absolutely certain that you don’t confuse it with coconut milk because it isn’t anywhere close to the same thing.  Okay?

Now, that we’ve covered the important basics of the recipe let’s just dive right in shall we…

Pina Colada Ingredients:

1/3 of a fresh chopped Pineapple
2 cups Ice
½  cup Rum
1 1/4cup Pineapple Juice
½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream or Half and Half
3 oz Coconut Cream
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Combine and blend all of the ingredients together and add more ice, juice or rum as needed.  Ice is for the thickness, juice to thin it out and Rum just for fun! 😉  Then serve and enjoy your Pina colada!

Cheers