Lobster-Stuffed Veal Tenderloin with Goat Cheese and Quail Egg Ravioli
Lobster stuffed veal tenderloin with goat cheese and quail egg ravioli

Lobster-Stuffed Veal Tenderloin with Goat Cheese and Quail Egg Ravioli

Recipe adapted from davidburke & donatella, Chef David Burke

12 servings


Lobster Filling:

  • 3/4 cup Dry vermouth
  • 4 each Lemon slices
  • 2 each Bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 lb Lobster tails
  • 1 cup Chopped leeks
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Dry vermouth
  • 1 cup Whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper as needed

Goat Cheese and Quail Egg Ravioli:

  • 8 oz Goat cheese
  • 4 oz Fresh baby spinach, chopped, cooked, well drained
  • 2 tsp Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • Fresh pasta sheets as needed
  • 24 each Quail egg yolks
  • Egg for egg wash as needed

Lobster Sauce:

  • 2 each or 1 lb Lobster bodies and shells
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Brandy
  • 2-1/2 cups Chopped leek
  • 1 rib Chopped celery
  • 2 each Fresh basil sprigs
  • 2 each Fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp Minced garlic
  • 2 qts Veal stock
  • Salt and pepper as needed

Herbed Potato Salad:

  • 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb Small red-skinned potatoes, julienne
  • 1/2 cup Rough chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup Rough chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup Rough chopped fresh chervil
  • 3 Tbsp Rough chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp Rough chopped fresh tarragon
  • 6 lb Veal loin, short tenderloin (IMPS/NAMP 347)
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 240 stems or 6 oz Enoki mushrooms, ends trimmed
  • 36 each Hearts of romaine (small center pieces)
  • 3/4 cup Sliced almonds, toasted


Lobster Filling:

  1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup vermouth, lemon slices, bay leaves and lobster tails. Cook 8 minutes; rinse and drain with cold water. Remove lobster meat from shells; chop meat. Set aside.

  2. Sauté leeks in butter in sauté pan until tender. Deglaze with 1/4 cup vermouth. Add cream; reduce 2 to 3 minutes or until thick. Add lobster meat; season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Goat Cheese and Quail Egg Ravioli:

  1. Combine cheese, spinach, thyme, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Cut 24 (3-inch) rounds of pasta. Lay bottom pasta circles on flat surface; top each with 1-1/2 tsp cheese mixture. Make small indentation in cheese and fill with 1 quail egg yolk. Cover with top pasta circles, sealing pasta layers together with egg wash. Cover loosely with damp paper towel and plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Lobster Sauce:

  1. Preheat large roasting pan in 450°F oven. Clean and chop lobster bodies and shells. Add 1 Tbsp oil, lobster bodies and shells to hot roasting pan. Roast 10 minutes or until lobster starts to caramelize, turning occasionally. Add tomato and deglaze pan; continue roasting until tomatoes start to caramelize, stirring every 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; continue roasting 5 minutes or until caramelized. Remove pan from oven; deglaze with brandy. (Warning: Brandy may flame.)

  2. Slowly sweat leek, celery, basil, thyme and garlic in remaining 1 Tbsp oil in stockpot. Add roasted lobster and cover with stock; bring to a simmer. Skim well; simmer no more than 30 minutes or stock will turn bitter. Strain stock; return to heat. Reduce about 45 minutes or until sauce is syrupy consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Cover; keep warm.

Herbed Potato Salad:

  1. Combine vinegar, mustard, pepper sauce and salt in medium bowl; gradually whisk in oil until blended. Set aside.

  2. Cook potatoes in boiling salted water 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse lightly with cold water. Place in large bowl. Pour dressing over cooked potatoes; toss. Cover; set aside. Toss fresh herbs together. Set aside.

  3. Per order: Pound veal tenderloins flat to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Place lobster filling evenly down center of tenderloins. Roll up and tie with string in several places. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in sauté pan. Add veal; sear on all sides. Place on rack in large roasting pan. Roast in 400°F oven 10 to 15 minutes or until stuffing reaches 165°F. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Carve veal into 1/2-inch thick slices.

  4. Heat 2 ravioli in boiling salted water 4 to 5 minutes or until al dente and filling is thoroughly heated. Drain.
    Plate veal slices layered between 2 hot cooked raviolis. Drizzle 2 oz sauce over and around plate. Add 1/3 cup dressed potatoes and 1/2 oz (20 stems) mushrooms; place in mound in 3 hearts of romaine cups near veal slices. Garnish with 1-1/2 Tbsp mixed herbs and 1 Tbsp almonds.


Loins, Short Tenderloin – 347