On a recent vacation to Bar Harbor Maine we enjoyed all the glory of Arcadia Nation Park, the beautiful coastline along with the harbor and the great food! I got my share of all three, for sure!
I want to bring a little of Bar Harbor to StoneGable’s dinner table. So I am recreating two wonderful dishes… Lobster Bisque and Jordan Pond House Popovers. Tonight Bobby and I will savor the flavors of Maine while looking at our hundreds of pictures together! Hope you liked the little peek at some of them too!
My goal was to find a recipe that sorta SOUNDED like the bisque I ate TASTED without… spending all day fussing in the kitchen or spending a king’s ransom on live lobsters. Yet it should have a thick, rich noticeably lobster taste with just a hint of a bite.
I found a great recipe at Food.Com. I doubled the lobster meat (tails on sale) and reserved some of the meat to use as garnish and added finely chopped parsley and Zesty Ranch Crackers (recipe below).
These popovers should come with a warning label! Seriously! They are that good! The kind people at the Jordan Pond House give out the recipe. Our server told us that they make over 3,000 popovers a day!
Eat them as soon as them come out of the oven slathered with butter and jam… or open them up and fill the cavity with your favorite great quality ice cream and chocolate syrup.
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup bread flour
pinch of salt
pinch of baking soda
SG Tip: a pinch is about 1/16th of a tsp. It is the amount that you can pinch between your thumb and index finger.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Grease a regular muffin tin pan very well all over.
Beat eggs at high speed in an electric mixer until thickened and lemon colored, about 3 minutes. On the slowest speed add very slowly 1/2 cup of milk. Beat until well mixed.
SG Tip: Use a timer~ 3 minutes is longer than you think!
Sift and measure flour, salt and soda. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the egg mixture. When mixed, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Turn the mixer on medium speed and slowly add the milk; beat 2 minutes. Turn the mixer on the highest speed and beat for 5-7 minutes. Batter should be smooth and the consistency of heavy cream.
Strain batter through a sieve and fill EVERY OTHER muffin tin cup to the top. I put my muffin tin on a large baking sheet in case of spills.
WITHOUT OPENING THE DOOR reduce the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15- 20 minutes longer.
Zesty Ranch Crackers
These are addictive!
2 bags of small oyster type crackers
1 1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn Oil
2 packets Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Empty 2 bags of zesty oyster crackers in a large bowl.
Measure 1 1/2 cup oil in a large measuring cup and stir in 2 packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix. Stir to incorporate.
Pour oil over crackers and mix well.
Put crackers on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes. Toss using a spatula, turn crackers every 10 minutes and rotate trays in the oven.
After 30 minutes, remove from oven and let the crackers cool.
Keep in an airtight container.
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