Recreating the Lobster Poutine from Rock Lobster was so much fun! I bought the ingredients at a local grocery store with a fresh seafood department. I got a female lobster just over a pound at $14.99/lb which was pretty expensive considering the portion size. When I got home I submerged the lobster in a warm water bath to put it to sleep before boiling it. The lobster only took 15 minutes to cook in salted water with a whole garlic clove(unpeeled) and dried chillies for flavour. I bought a poutine gravy mix, cheese curds, chives, lemon and I used some peppercorn I had in the pantry.
I then hand-cut fries with the skin on and deep fried them until golden and crispy. Assembling the fries, cheese, gravy and delicate lobster tail was visually pleasing and very difficult not to nibble on along the way.
- I decided to season the gravy mix with half a lemon & peppercorn, however 1/4 a lemon would have sufficed. I incorporated both ingredients because I remembered Rock Lobster’s version having the same, but with lots of butter- which I did not add to mine.
- The fries were crispy and delicious. I seasoned them with a PC Cyprus Mediterranean white flake finishing salt, which really added to the dish!
- The cheese melted perfectly and was layered perfectly throughout.
- The lobster tail was incredibly sweet and so fresh. The chives added a nice finishing garnish and a slight onion flavour.
Myself and my fiancé enjoyed the dish very much and shared it out of a beautiful Portuguese clay plate which was passed down to me from my mother.
GROCERY BILL VS. ROCK LOBSTER BILL
My groceries bill came to $28.22
Rock Lobster bill came to $17 + beer + tax = $28.25
Now that is close!! Only a 3 cent difference in going to the restaurant to eat, however Rock Lobster’s poutine served 1, not 2. It definitely was much more effort to make at home but it was SO much fun and really not difficult at all. The only down fall was the cost of lobster. Depending on the cost of lobster I would suggest going to Rock Lobster to get a lobster poutine rather than making it at home, unless you are up for a challenge, which I always am.
- 1 Lobster Tail
- 1 cup Club House Poutine Gravy Mix
- 1 cup Saputo Poutine Cheese Curds
- ¼ Lemon
- 2 tbsp Chives
- 1 tbsp Whole Black Peppercorn
- 5 Rustic Potatoes
- Start with a live lobster and submerge in a warm water bath for about 10 minutes so that It falls asleep.
- Boil lobster depending on size for 15 minutes.
- At the same time make gravy adding the peppercorn at the beginning and the lemon juice at the very end.
- Chop chives for garnish and place to the side until the poutine is assembled.
- Cut potatoes and place in warm salted water to release starch for 5-10 minutes and then strain and pat dry with paper towel. Deep fry in batches until crispy and golden.
- De-shell and chop the lobster into chunks.
- Assemble - Fries, cheese curds, lobster and gravy and then repeat, layering.
- Garnish with chives.