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Avocado Pâté with Chilled Lobster

Avocado Pâté with Chilled Lobster
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Yield: Serves 10

This delightful pâté may be made in a regular loaf pan, but for a more elegant presentation, chill the mixture In an 11x4-inch galantine mold, which produces a slim, straight-sided pâté.


  • 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.
Updated Thursday, October 14th, 2010
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