makes 6 servings
Three 1-pound live lobsters
4 thick slices streaky bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced, with juices included
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 small jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon water
Boiled long-grain white rice
In a large stockpot, bring about 8 inches of water to a rolling boil and plunge the lobsters head-first into the water. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and steam the lobsters about 7 minutes. Remove from the water with tongs, crack the shells with a mallet or hammer, and, when cool enough to handle, shred the lobster meat and set aside.
In a large skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat just till it renders most of its fat, add the onion, celery, and bell pepper, and stir about 5 minutes. Add the lobster meat, tomato paste, tomatoes, thyme, jalapeno, and salt and pepper and stir till the mixture is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the water and stir about 3 minutes longer.
Serve the ragout hot over mounds of rice.
bacon recipe courtesy of: The Bacon Cookbook: More than 150 Recipes from Around the World for Everyone's Favorite Food by James Villas. Wiley, 2007