Lobster Mac

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

I can honestly say this is a recipe I will never get sick of making.

So much flavor and I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected the method. It’s hard to convince people that this is a “worth it” recipe to make because lobster ain’t cheap! Although if you make this for you and your honey and splurge a little bit on a date night in. Let me tell you the left overs alone are worth the price. This recipe gets better and better every day.

This was my first real elegant meal I made when starting out cooking. I kind of just winged it and it became a huge hit. It’s that easy! Beginner cooks can make this too. {You can never really screw up mac and cheese!} This is a one pot meal so best part easy clean up! Pair this with some ciabatta bread smothered in roasted cherry tomatoes and you’ll have a perfect date meal. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Do yourself a favor and splurge, go crazy, make this tonight! 

Prep Time 15

Cook Time 30

Difficulty Easy

Servings 6

Ingredients

2 boxs (14.5 ounces) Medium Shell Pasta, cook according to package directions

2 tablespoons Butter

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4 (4 ounce) Lobster Tails, shells cracked and meat removed, roughly chopped

1 whole Shallot, diced

3 cloves Garlic, grated on a micro-plane or fine grater

2 tablespoons Flour

1 cup Chardonnay

3 cups Low-Fat Milk

1 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

1-1/2 cups Gruyere Cheese, grated

1 cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, grated

1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 pinch Cayenne Pepper

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Ground Pepper

TOASTED PANKO TOPPING

4 tablespoons Butter

2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs

2 cloves Garlic

1 big bunch Parsley, chopped

1 pinch Cayenne

Preparation Instructions

You can make this ahead of time or immediately to serve. Follow directions below.

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

Lobster tails. It’s a beautiful thing.

FOR THE TOASTED PANKO TOPPING

In a medium pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the panko and stir constantly to toast. It happens quickly so don’t walk away!

Toast until golden brown. Add the grated garlic and cayenne to the pan and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds.

Turn heat off and while still stirring add the parsley.

Remove pan from heat and set aside. The breadcrumbs can be stored in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 2 weeks.

Top these tasty breadcrumbs with everything; pasta, salad, or simple sides like steamed broccoli.

FOR THE LOBSTER MAC

In a large pot heavy bottom pot over medium high heat melt the butter and olive oil together. Add the chopped lobster and stir, cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove them as soon as the lobster turns white, you do not want to overcook lobster!

Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl, set aside.

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

My weapon of choice.

Add the diced shallots to the pot and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic and stir in until fragrant, 30 seconds.

Whisk in flour and stir for 2 minutes until flour is slightly cooked and golden. Whisk in wine. Deglaze, scrapping any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. This is huge flavor! Cook for 2 minutes until wine is slightly reduced.

Whisk in milk. Cook on medium high heat until milk is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Melt in all the grated cheese.

Stir in the nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the lobster back into the pot, juices and all from the bowl where the lobster was resting.

Add the cooked pasta and fold into the cheese sauce.

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

Delicious.

Here’s my trick, you can do one of two things right now. You can add half of the bread crumb mixture into the pasta and serve immediately or to serve later you can put the pasta in a buttered casserole dish and top the pot with the bread crumb mixture, bake at 350 degrees F until pasta is warmed through.

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

No matter how you serve it, just remember the cost of lobster is obsolete compared to the “worth it” taste of this lobster mac!

Lobster Mac | Dash of Savory

The perfect side. Ciabatta bread, sliced lengthwise, smothered in roasted cherry tomatoes and basil and topped with grated Parmesan.

Slice and serve. Beautiful, easy and absolutely delicious.

2 thoughts on “Lobster Mac

  1. 21 February, 2013 at 7:45 am

    OOOOOOOOOMMMMMGGGGGGGG…I want some! I have never had lobster mac but I have heard allll about it .. will give this a try. Also love the cherry tomato bread idea… mmmm yumm!

    1. 21 February, 2013 at 9:10 am

      You need to try this, so delicious! Although I could eat the roasted cherry tomato bread all by itself for a meal :)

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