A dish that couldn’t be more fitting than on the French coast: Breton lobster in a bisque sauce. This is naturally perfect for the Staub Cocotte.\n \nFEATURED PRODUCTS\n\nStaub Cast Iron Cocotte\n\n \nINGREDIENTS\n\n1 blue lobster (alive), about 800 g \/ 1 ¾ pounds (or maine lobster)\n2 tablespoons olive oil\n2 shallots, chopped\n1 medium carrot, cut in half\n2 garlic cloves, chopped\n1 teaspoon tomato paste\n1 medium sprig fresh thyme\n1 bay leaf\n15 g parsley \/ 0.5 ounces\n400 g \/ 14 ounces peeled tomatoes\n200 ml \/ ¾ cup and 1 tablespoon sweet white wine\n1 teaspoon ground Piment d’Espelette\n400 ml \/ 1 ⅔ cups sour cream\nSea salt\nGround black pepper\nParsley for serving\n\n \nDIRECTIONS\n\nFor the lobster, fill a cocotte (large enough to fit the whole lobster) 3\/4 full with water. Bring to a rapid boil and salt generously. Insert a knife into the head of the lobster, and quickly drop the lobster head first into the boiling water. Cover the cocotte and bring back to a boil. Cook for about 10 -12 minutes. Remove the lobster from the water and transfer to a cutting board. Let it cool for a few minutes, then twist the claws off the body. Using lobster tongs or scissors, gently crack the claw shell, pull out the meat, and set aside. Hold the lobster’s body with one hand and the tail with your other hand, bend the tail back, and separate it from the body. Remove and discard the green tomalley (liver). If it’s a female lobster, scrape out the red coral (roe) and set aside. Push and pull the meat out of the shell. Using a sharp knife, remove the digestive vein from the tail meat and rinse briefly. Set all the meat and shells aside.\nPeel and chop the shallots. Peel and chop the carrot. Peel and chop the garlic cloves.\nIn a medium pot or cocotte, heat half the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shallots, carrot, and garlic, sauté for about 1 minute.\nStir in the thyme, bay leaf, parsley, lobster shells, and tomato paste and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and wine and season with Piment d’Espelette, salt, and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the sour cream and reserved roe, should you have had a female lobster.\nPass the lobster vegetable mixture through a fine sieve into a saucepan. Using a large spoon, push and squeeze the juices out as much as possible, making sure to save the head and tail of the lobster for plating. Return the cocotte to a low heat and reduce the sauce if you prefer it a bit thicker.\nIn a large pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the lobster meat for about 1 minute on each side, season with a pinch of Piment d’Espelette. Rinse the head and tail of the lobster thoroughly. Serve the lobster drizzled with the bisque sauce, parsley, and Piment d’Espelette and garnished with the shell.\n\n \nCourtesy of Staub.