Restaurant Recipes

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Lobster and
Leek Tamales with Chardonnay Cream Sauce

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  • 1/4 cup shortening, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening, melted
  • 2 cups Masa Harina de maize
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 pound dried corn husks, soaked in hot water to soften

Lobster and Leek Filling

  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 2 lobster tails, removed from shell and cut into one-inch pieces
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch chervil
  • 1 lemon

Chardonnay Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into small squares
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Tomatillo Salsa

  • 4 tomatillos, chopped
  • 1 small Pasilla chile, diced
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a large bowl, beat the quarter cup of room temperature shortening until fluffy. Add masa and salt. Add broth to masa mixture a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gradually mix in the melted shortening, mixing to the consistency of very thick cake batter.
  2. To assemble tamales, place approximately three tablespoons of masa in the center of the corn husk. Fold husk to wrap around masa filling, folding bottom up over enclosed filling. Place a rack two inches above gently boiling water in a steamer or Dutch oven. Arrange tamales upright on rack. Do not pack tightly. Fill in extra spaces with corn husks to keep upright. Cover top of tamales with corn husks. Cover and steam for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until tamales are firm and fall away from husks.

Chardonnay Sauce

  1. Heat wine over high heat. Reduce volume of wine by half. Reduce heat to low, adding cream and salt. Add lemon juice and butter, stirring continuously until just melted.

Tomatillo Salsa

  1. Heat butter in a sauté pan, then adding shallots and cooking until tender. Add garlic, cooking briefly. In a blender, combine shallot/garlic mixture with remaining ingredients and puree. Place ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Lobster and Leek Filling

  1. Heat butter in a sauté pan, then cook leeks over moderately high heat until tender. Add lobster, continuing to stir constantly until lobster is no longer translucent. In a separate pan, heat tomatoes until just warm, taking care not to overcook.

To assemble the dish

  1. Unfold corn husk to reveal masa. With kitchen shears, cut ends and side of husk down. Place sauté of lobster and leeks over top of masa. Spoon Chardonnay sauce over lobster and masa. Sprinkle tomatoes over top of mixture for garnish. Dot around perimeter with Tomatillo salsa. Garnish with chervil sprigs and lemon.


Chef Diana Greer, Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards

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