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       Title: Astakos Plaki - Lobster in Tomato Sauce with Saffron Rice
  Categories: Ethnic, Fish/sea, Rice/grains, Sauces
       Yield: 4 servings
       2    Lobsters (about 2 lbs each)         4    Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil)
            - (live, or recently dead)               - pounded to a paste
      25    Saffron strands; soaked in        1/2 c  White wine
     1/4 c  Hot water                         1/4 c  Orange juice
     1/4 lb Finely chopped onion                1    Bay leaf
 	    1 md Leek; washed, finely chopped		  Salt & freshly ground
       8 tb Fruity olive oil                  1/2 c  Finely chopped Fennel
       3    Garlic cloves; minced             1/2 c  Minced flat-leaf Parsley
       1 lb Tomatoes; skinned, seeded,          1 tb Finely chopped fresh Mint
            - and finely chopped                     Saffron Rice
   If you have live lobsters, plunge them into a pan of boiling water for 1
   minute, then into cold water.
   To prepare the lobsters, break off the claws and crack them open with a
   hammer.  Cut off the tip of the tail (with the fins), then sever the tail
   where it joins the head with a heavy knife.  Cut the tail into rings,
   slicing through the shell between the ribs.
   Split the head open lengthwise with a hard blow of a knife and remove and
   discard the gritty stomach sac.  Pour the coral (if any) and the green
   matter (which is the liver) into a stainer over a bowl, sprinkle with salt
   and pepper, and reserve.  Put the saffron to soak.
   In a heavy-bottomed pan big-enough to contain the lobsters and sauce, fry
   the onion and leek gently in 3 tablespoons olive oil until translucent. Add
   the garlic, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and liquid, wine, orange juice,
   and bay leaf.  Season and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
   Add the fennel, parsley, mint, saffron and liquid, and lobster tail pieces
   and claws with their shells (but not the legs) and simmer, covered, for 10
   In the meantime push the coral and liver of the lobster through the
   strainer and beat the pur‚e with the remaining olive oil.  When the lobster
   has simmered for 10 minutes, ladle out about 1 cup sauce and beat this into
   the coral pur‚e.  Pour this back into the pot, stir, and simmer for another
   10 minutes.  Serve with saffron rice.
   Source: Recipes from a Greek Island - by Susie Jacobs ISBN: 0-671-74531-X