September 25, 2013

Lobster mac 'n cheese recipes

Try these winning recipes from the 2013 Lobsterpalooza

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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MEME'S LOBSTER MAC 'N CHEESE

From Deanna Zoe Smith, Tenants Harbor

Meat from six cooked 1¼-pound lobsters, chopped into 1-inch pieces.

16-ounce box medium shell pasta, cooked

1 cup grated Gruyere cheese

1 cup grated, extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup small dice fresh mozzarella cheese

Make a white sauce of 6 tablespoons flour and 6 tablespoons butter, salt, pepper and 4½ cups whole milk. When thickened, add the cheese and stir until mostly melted. Do not let boil.

Add the drained pasta and lobster meat, and pour into a 9-by-13 pan.

Top with a mixture of buttered panko bread crumbs, fresh lemon zest and grated asagio cheese, all to taste. (I use 1 cup panko, ¼ cup melted butter, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and ½ cup asagio.

Bake until bubbly at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.Louise MacLellan-Ruf went through a lot of different versions of her lobster mac and cheese before settling on this one, which includes splashes of Worcestershire sauce, sriracha, even a little Maine maple syrup.

MOLLIE'S DECADENT MASCARPONE BAKED SHELLS WITH MAINE LOBSTER

From Mollie Sanders, Kittery Point

Serves 10

Time: 30 minutes hands on, 30 minutes hands off

1 pound shell-shaped pasta, cooked al dente

1½ pounds fresh lobster meat, cut into bite-sized pieces

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large sweet onion, diced

4 small cloves garlic, minced

½ cup flour

4 cups whole milk

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

5 ounces Parmesan, grated

8 ounces mascarpone

1 teaspoon dry ground mustard

½ teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup panko bread crumbs

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

In small saute pan over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and saute onions for 2 to 3 minutes, add garlic and cook until translucent. Set aside.

In large pot over medium heat, melt the ½ cup of butter, add lobster meat, and simmer turns a good pink color, about 10 minutes. Remove lobster meat with slotted spoon and add flour to butter, stirring constantly, to make a roux. Cook the roux for two minutes, slowly add milk, pepper, ground mustard and cayenne, and whisk over medium heat until hot and thickened (about 10 to 15 minutes). Add mascarpone, stir to melt it, then gradually add remaining cheeses. Add sauteed onions and garlic.

Fold in lobster meat and cooked shells. Pour mixture into greased four-quart baking dish and sprinkle with panko crumbs and paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.

LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE ROCKLAND STYLE

From Louise MacLellan-Ruf, Rockland

1 pound (or more) cooked lobster meat cut into bite-sized pieces

16-ounce box mini bow tie pasta, cooked al dente

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

3½ cups whipping cream

2 teaspoons paprika

¼ cup of sherry (not cooking sherry)

1/8 to ¼ cup lobster stock

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1 cup mild cheddar cheese

3 tablespoons cream cheese

Splash each of Worcestershire sauce, sriracha sauce and maple syrup

2 cloves smashed roasted garlic

Tamale from the lobsters

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the flour and whisk to make a roux. Add the whipping cream and whisk to combine on low heat.

Whisk in 2 teaspoons of paprika, then the sherry. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, then mix in 1/8 to ¼ cup lobster stock. When thickened, add the three cheeses, then just a splash of the Worcester, sriracha and maple syrup. Add the garlic and tamale.

Add cooked lobster meat to cheese sauce, and then fold in the pasta. If sauce needs thinning, add some milk or lobster stock.

Pour lobster mixture into a buttered casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumb topping. (See below.) Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Allow to rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Bread crumb topping:

1 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers

Zest of two lemons

¼ cup melted butter and parsley

Combine butter and crushed crackers, lemon zest and parsley.

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