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Johnny Cakes and Lobster Eggs Benedict

what you’ll need:

Johnny Cakes

1 cup stone ground white corn meal
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup corn kernels
1 1/4 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
butter for greasing pan

Maple Brown Butter

4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped
4 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large)
1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, pulled into pieces
1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

what to do:

  1. Combine cornmeal, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add corn kernels.
  2. Slowly whisk boiling water into dry mixture. Combine butter and vanilla in a small bowl then stir into batter. Let batter sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Heat an electric or 12-inch non-stick skillet on medium heat. When hot, lightly grease with a little butter.
  4. Drop batter by the soup spoonful onto skillet, making a 3-1/2 to 4-inch circles. It will make about eight. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until slightly brown on edges and golden. Turn and cook 4-5 more minutes until golden.
  5. For the Maple Brown Butter, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a 8-inch skillet on medium low heat. Cook and watch carefully until it turns frothy and slightly brown. Remove from heat immediately. Stir in maple syrup and tarragon.
  6. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups water to a simmer in a 10-inch non-stick skillet. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time into the low simmering water. Poach for about 3 minutes or to desired doneness.
  7. Dip lobster meat into poaching water for 30 seconds to heat then remove.
  8. Place and overlap two Johnny Cakes onto each plate.
  9. Place one egg onto two Johnny Cakes. Top with equal portions of lobster and drizzle maple brown butter over all.
  10. Sprinkle on parsley and serve.






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