Monday, 11 June 2012

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

First of all, sorry for my absence,although I do have a myriad of recipes to catch up on, I will be posting more often now. For now this dish is for special occasions. I’ve been wanting to do something with lobster for a really long time, and this dish always appealed to me even though I’m not a big pasta person. I wanted to give it a go when I found out where I could get lobster where I didn’t have to kill it myself! This recipe is super simple, and you can omit the lobster if you want or replace it with shrimp or scallops, whatever you like. Serves 4 with leftovers!

What you’ll need:
1 large lobster (1-2kg I had my fish monger cut it up into pieces so it was easy to dismantle when cooked)
250-300g pasta – macaroni, elbow, spiral, something firm
2 c shredded gruyere cheese
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
¼ flour
4 tbsp. butter divided
2-3 cups milk
½ small onion
Freshly ground nutmeg
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper
½ bread crumbs

To Start:
In a large pot of boiling salted water cook the lobster for 12-13 minutes per 1.5kg.
Drain, cool and peel out the meat dice in large chunks. Set aside.
(If using any other shellfish, I'd suggest not cooking it prior to cooking it in the casserole)

Boil another large pot of water, cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside.

For the sauce:
Dice the onions very small, crush the garlic as well.
Have cheese prepared and ready.
In a large sauce pan, melt 3 tbsp. butter. When melted add onions and garlic until fragrant.
Add flour and stir around until all the butter is absorbed.
Cook out the flour taste for about two minutes constantly stirring.
Slowly add one cup of milk at a time until thick and creamy. (Note: You can always add more milk if too thick)
Take off heat when it coats the back of a spoon. Add the cheese and nutmeg.
Taste then add salt and pepper to taste.
Add the pasta and the lobster mix well and put in a baking dish.

To finish:
Melt the remaining 1 tbsp. butter, and add the breadcrumbs to it.
Sprinkle on top of the casserole.
Bake at 180C or 350F for about 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown!!

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