Lobster Mac and Cheese
Comfort food for the seafood lover; an easy recipe for creamy two cheese lobster macaroni and cheese.
This is another one of those recipes I’d been dreaming of making for quite some time. I’m pretty sure last year I planned on making it once or twice but it never happened and eventually I forgot about it. This year I had intended on making a lobster dish or two over the summer, but yeah… that didn’t happen. I got this particular idea stuck in my head again and couldn’t let it slide. It had to be made. I wanted to make it. So I had just had a baby…I didn’t care, it wouldn’t stop me. Making a pasta dish couldn’t possibly be that labor intensive. Plus, I had a special occasion I really wanted to make it for… our 7th wedding anniversary!
The Mr is a big fan of seafood and I’m not, so we never eat it at home. The least I could do is make something special for him on our special day. I wrote up my plan and made a list of what ingredients I needed to pick up… oh plus those needed for the special anniversary dessert which you’ll have to wait to see. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.
My biggest issue was figuring out what to do about the lobster meat. Do I buy a live lobster and cook it myself? Do I buy a lobster and have whoever I’m buying it from cook it for me? Do I even need a whole lobster? Would the tail be enough? Oh but what about just finding meat ready to go? And then what about where to get it… do I just go to the grocery store or do I find a fish market? You see… since I’m not a fan of seafood I clearly haven’t ever purchased lobster myself, forget the issue of preparing it! In the end I ventured into a local fish market, hoping for the best and hoping to not make a complete fool of myself. I was able to pick up lobster meat ready to go. That made my life SO much easier.
Since the only issue was the lobster, and in the end it wasn’t even an issue, the rest was a piece of cake! Seriously easy and from what I was told, definitely delicious. If you love lobster… and of course mac n cheese, then this is a must try. It could certainly be made and eaten any day, but sometimes a dish like this deserves a special occasion. Who says Tuesdays or any other day of the week aren’t special occasions though? ;) I’d be happy to help justify any day as a special occasion for you if you need to.
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Comfort food for the seafood lover; creamy two cheese lobster macaroni and cheese.
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1C half and half
1C sharp cheddar cheese
1C Gruyere cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/2lb favorite pasta
1/2lb lobster meat
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta as directed on the packaging or per your liking. Meanwhile in a double boiler over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir to combine. Carefully pour in half and half, stir and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Add handfuls of shredded cheese to warm mixture, stirring occasionally. Continue adding cheese slowly until it has all been added to the double boiler. Season and continue to stir occasionally. Prepare cooked lobster meat by chopping into pieces no larger than bite size, set aside.
Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Pour cheese mixture over pasta. Stir to coat well. Toss lobster in and stir to disperse meat throughout.
Divide pasta among individual oven safe dishes or one large dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve warm.