Here is one of my favorite recipes using basic pesto. Lobsters are elegant, of course, but lately not so expensive. You can also use this same approach with any fish or shellfish. Before splitting, a lobster can be humanely killed by inserting a knife decisively between its eyes. Alternatively, it can be killed by plunging it into lightly salted boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Unfortunately, we don’t know which is preferable to the lobster.
Combine the pesto with the tomalley and coral in a blender or food processor and process. (Some people avoid the tomalley because of their concern over environmental toxins, which concentrate in the liver. If you are among those, just discard the tomalley.) In a bowl, stir the bread crumbs, zest, and pesto together to make a light, crumbly mixture. It should not be soggy or pasty; add more bread crumbs if necessary. Divide and top each of the lobster halves with the pesto-bread crumb mixture and drizzle with the olive oil.
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