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Georgia Grille's Lobster Enchiladas
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From the Menu of . . . Georgia Grille
2290 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Q: My friend says that the Lobster Enchiladas at the Georgia Grille are the best things he has ever eaten. We'd like to try to make them ourselves. I hope they will share the recipe.
- Stephanie C. Davis, Atlanta
A: This recipe is a prize winner! Karen Hilliard, Atlanta restaurateur and chef/owner of Georgia Grille, created it a few years ago at the Seafood Challenge at the Georgia Seafood Show, and it was declared best by a panel of judges.
Hands on time: 25 minutes Total time: 1 hour Serves: 6
1 1/2 teaspoons oil
2 tablespoons diced shallot, about 1 large
1 tablespoon pureed (mashed) garlic, about 2 cloves
1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno puree (see Note)
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
1 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into large dice
2 1/4 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 8 ounces), divided
1 red bell pepper, smoked, seeded and diced (see Note)
1 large tomato, diced
1 tablespoon minced cilantro
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
12 (8-inch) flour tortillas, softened
1 cup fresh tomato salsa
Spoon about 1/4 cup filling into each softened tortilla. Roll into a cylinder, and place the filled tortillas seam side down in an ovenproof casserole. Pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Preheat broiler. Place the casserole in the oven and broil just until cheese melts, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve topped with fresh tomato salsa.
Note: The flavor of smoked red bell pepper in the sauce is a signature at Georgia Grille, where Hilliard says several are smoked at once in a large commercial smoker with hickory. You can create a similar taste at home with a stovetop smoker, which will take about 15 minutes; or on a grill or outdoor smoker, using hickory. An alternative is to omit the jalapeno puree and the smoked pepper and substitute about 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, pureed.