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Rich pot pie, perfect evening comfort food on a cold night! It is labor-intensive and expensive, but the end result is worth the effort--avoid shortcuts and substitutions if possible. Lobster stock is the easiest way to cut down on cost without sacrificing taste.


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1 hr
1 hr 27 mins
2 hrs 27 mins
1 pie


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat 1/4 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in shallots, garlic, and leeks; cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add acorn squash, parsnips, carrots, celery, and celery root. Reduce heat to low and cook vegetables until softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C).

  • Heat remaining butter in the same skillet over medium heat until a pinch of flour sprinkled into the oil will just begin to bubble. Whisk in flour to form a thick paste the consistency of cake frosting. Continue cooking the roux, whisking constantly, until flour has turned golden and begins to smell like toast, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir vegetable mixture, lobster stock, mushrooms, sherry wine, tarragon, parsley, pepper sauce, salt, and pepper into the roux. Cook and stir gently until thick, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in sherry vinegar. Add lobster meat and peas. Spoon roux mixture into a casserole dish or ramekins. Cover and place near or above the hot oven until ready to use.

  • Unroll puff pastry. Cut sheets into crusts slightly larger than the pie plate. Press 1 layer onto the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate.

  • Bake bottom crust in the preheated oven until light brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and fill with roux mixture. Place top crust over filling; press its edges onto the bottom crust to seal.

  • Continue baking until top crust is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

A great stock made with lobster carcasses (not claws) will have a distinctive, redolent lobster flavor. Therefore, you can cut back somewhat on lobster meat if you really need to, and fill the pie primarily with veggies or frozen langostino tails. Carcasses can often be purchased very cheaply from fishmongers or restaurants.

Base can be prepared a day in advance. Let mixture cool after adding sherry vinegar, before adding lobster meat.

Nutrition Facts

583 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 47.4g; fat 37.4g; cholesterol 47mg; sodium 564.5mg. Full Nutrition