Maine Lobster Napoleon with Mango Vinaigrette

[Maine Lobster Napoleon with Mango Vinaigrette

Maine Lobster Napoleon with Mango Vinaigrette

Flavor and color achieves vivid balance in this "napoleon" of savory pink lobster, sliced avocado, and bright, juicy mango.Erik Rank

This recipe is an adaptation of one we got from Chef Roland Gibert of Venice, California. Gibert garnished his lobster "napoleon" with the beast's head, legs, and tail; though this is optional, it dresses up the presentation considerably.

Maine Lobster Napoleon with Mango Vinaigrette
Layers of lobster, avocado, and mango create a tower of pure indulgence.
Yield: serves 4

FOR THE MANGO VINAIGRETTE:

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 12 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 12 cup peanut oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne

FOR THE LOBSTER NAPOLEON:

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Cooked meat from 2 1-lb. lobsters (about 3⁄4 cup), sliced into medallions and chilled

Instructions

  1. Place mango, sherry vinegar, and mustard in a blender. With motor running, slowly add peanut oil and blend on medium speed for 1 minute.
  2. Season dressing with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
  3. Toss mixed greens, tomatoes, and mushrooms with vinaigrette, reserving some to finish the dish.
  4. In four small serving bowls, spread alternate layers of greens mixture, mango, avocado, and lobster, equally divided among the bowls, packing down until bowls are filled.
  5. Invert bowls onto plates and unmold, tapping lightly if necessary to help loosen. Sprinkle the tops of lobster napoleons with remaining vinaigrette (or transfer vinaigrette to a squeeze bottle and pipe designs on napoleons). If desired, garnish with lobster heads, claws, and/or tails.