Avocado Pate with Chilled Lobster


1 package unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 shallot, minced
4 large avocados, peeled, seeded, and mashed
1 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon Cognac
1/2 teaspoon salt
Several drops of Tabasco sauce
1 pound lobster meat, cut into bite-size pieces
3 tablespoons lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Generously butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan or a galantine mold. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small bowl and allow it to soften. Heat the chicken broth in a small saucepan. Add the gelatin mixture and the shallot. Stir over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the avocados, cream and egg yolks. Add the Cognac, salt, Tabasco, and the gelatin mixture and blend well. Pour into the prepared mold and set inside a shallow roasting pan. Add hot water to a depth of 1 inch and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or untIl a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

3. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then refrigerate. When thoroughly chilled, unmold onto a serving plate. Toss the lobster with the lemon juice and spoon it around the pâté. Cut the pâté into slices and serve with a portion of the lobster meat.


Serves 10

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