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Fruits de Mer Platter

Fill the tiered platter with just as much seafood as it can hold comfortably; refrigerate the rest until you are ready to replenish the platter.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 bottle (375 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt or sea salt
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 live lobsters (each 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 6 king crab legs (1 3/4 pounds total)
  • 2 pounds large shrimp in shells
  • 24 oysters
  • 12 littleneck clams
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 to 4 ounces caviar, such as North American osetra
  • Toast points
  • Classic Cocktail Sauce
  • Saffron Mayonnaise
  • Mignonette Sauce
  • Lemon wedges

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the court-bouillon: Prepare a large ice-water bath. Fill a 3-gallon pot with cold water. Add wine, salt, lemons, paprika, coriander seeds, celery seed, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.

  2. Step 2

    Cook seafood: Add lobsters head first to court-bouillon. Cover; return to a boil. Cook 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer lobsters to ice-water bath. Add crab legs to court-bouillon. Return to a boil; cook 8 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a plate; immediately add crab legs to ice-water bath, adding more ice as needed. Add shrimp to court-bouillon. Return to a boil; cook until shrimp are pink and opaque, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp to ice-water bath; let crab legs and shrimp cool completely. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Step 3

    Separate tails, claws, and knuckles from lobsters; using kitchen shears or a knife, split tails lengthwise through shells, then halve crosswise. Crack claws and knuckles so that meat can be easily removed. Separate crab legs at knuckles. Using kitchen shears, cut away a piece of shell so meat can be easily removed. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Transfer lobster pieces, crab legs, and shrimp to a rimmed baking sheet; wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate until ready to serve, or overnight.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble the platter: Just before serving, fill a 3-tier glass serving stand with crushed ice. Shuck the oysters and clams; set flat on bottom tier so that juices do not spill. Arrange lobsters and shrimp on middle tier. Put caviar into a small bowl, and set in center of top tier; arrange crab legs around caviar. Serve with toast points, the cocktail sauce, saffron mayonnaise, mignonette sauce, and lemon wedges.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2005

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