This dish gained a bad reputation during the Seventies and Eighties because it was often cooked so badly – drowned in an overpowering sea of rich, cheesy sauce. If it’s made with a just a little sauce that’s been carefully flavoured with small amounts of mustard, tarragon and Gruyère, it’s still one of the best hot lobster dishes there is.
John Torode uses a mixture of big meaty prawns and smaller sweet ones for texture and flavour, with added lobster for a special festive starter. The sauce is rich and refreshing with a spicy kick. You can make the sauce in advance then assemble everything just before serving.