It's been appetizer week at the Real Women of Philadelphia and we've all been cooking up a storm!
But because I've made it as a finalist in the entree category, this week was extra special, causing me to want to create an appetizer to fit the occasion and, oh boy!
Have I done it this time!!
If you would like to watch the video just scroll to the bottom, or check out the printable recipe HERE
Twice Baked Lobster and Truffle Baby Potatoes
* 15 baby potatoes
* 1/2 brick (125 grams) Philadelphia Cream Cheese light or regular at room temperature
* 1/4 cup(s) of mayonnaise
* 1/4 cup(s) of milk
* 1/2 tsp. of white truffle oil
* 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
* 1 tbsp. of chopped fresh chives
* 2 whole lobster tails
* 1 tbsp. of butter
* 1/8 cup(s) of extra virgin olive oil
* 1/2 tsp. of kosher or sea salt
* 1 cup(s) of shredded gruyere cheese
* 1/4 cup(s) of caviar for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Wash potatoes and boil whole for 12-15 minutes until potatoes are cooked through, soft, and tender (check in on the potatoes periodically during your cooking process).
- Using a sharp knife, cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop potatoes out of the inside of each half to another bowl.
- Mash potatoes well. Add softened cream cheese, and mayonnaise and whip using an electric mixer. Add milk and continue to whip until potatoes are smooth without lumps. Blend in the truffle oil.
- Remove lobster from shell. Chop lobster meat into bite size pieces and saute over medium high heat in butter. Add 1/4 tsp salt. Add butter and lobster mixture to the potatoes. Stir well and then add the chives.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Brush the bottoms and sides of the potato skins with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining kosher salt.
- Spoon the potato mixture back into the potato skins and place on the prepared baking sheet. Top the potatoes evenly with the Gruyere cheese and bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese topping is golden.
- Garnish with chives or fresh parsley and a small dollop of caviar on each if you wish.
- For the "Poor Man" version: Use the herb and garlic flavour of the Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Instead of lobster substitute 4 slices of bacon that have been cooked and crumbled. Instead of white truffle oil substitute 1 tsp creamy horseradish. Instead of gruyere cheese: Substitute extra old cheddar. Use the same method as detailed above substituting ingredients as they appear in the original recipe.