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Authentic Florida Lobster Mac & Cheese

Author: Robin Draper
Date: July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Category: What to Eat
Type: Seafood and Main Course



Florida Lobster Mac & Cheese with breadcrumb and tomato topping

It’s a fact that broiled Florida lobster, with a pat of butter, salt, pepper and lemon is as good as it gets. Most folks enjoy lobster in the simplest form savoring its sweet, succulent flavor. 


Fresh Florida lobster

Last year, my husband and I went to the Florida Keys, and planned a day of diving for lobster. We were fortunate to have a good day and caught our limit (6 per person). So after a few meals of delicious Florida lobster, I decided to try this recipe using our remaining catch.

I also love the idea of an upscale meal that is “down home” and comfy. And that’s exactly what Florida Lobster Mac & Cheese is.

Ingredients

 
Florida Mac & Cheese Ingredients

1 & ½ pounds of cooked Florida lobster – cut in big sized chunks. Cook yourself or buy it cooked.


Broiled Florida lobster 

1 pound of elbow macaroni

1 quart of whole milk

1 stick of unsalted butter (6 tablespoons for mixture, 2 for the breadcrumbs)

½ cup of all-purpose flour

8 ounces of extra-sharp Cheddar cheese (2 cups)

12 ounces of Gruyere cheese (4 cups)


Grate the cheese (pic: Gruyere) and Cheddar

1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs (5 slices)

1 large tomato (or 2 medium tomatoes)

Salt

Pepper

Nutmeg

Vegetable oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


Macaroni drained after boiling

In a large pot, boil water. Add a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of oil.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to directions (or 6-8 minutes). Drain in a colander when done.

Next, at low heat, warm the milk (1 quart) in a medium pan, but don’t boil it.


Warm the milk at low heat

In another large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring vigorously with a whisk. It will quickly thicken. Still whisking, add milk a cup at a time, allowing the sauce to thicken while you continually stir. You’ll know its thick enough when it coats the back of a large spoon. Move the sauce off the heat and add all the cheese – Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg.


Thickened sauce with added cheese


Cheesy sauce and macaroni stirred in

Place the cooked macaroni and lobster in the cheesy sauce and stir.


Florida Lobster Mac & Cheese in casserole dish

Place in a large casserole dish or 6-8 individual gratin dishes.

Breadcrumbs

Take the bread slices and either put in a Cusinart and pulse to create small breadcrumbs, or cut the small pieces by hand.

Next, in a frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the breadcrumbs, ½ teaspoon of salt & pepper, and lightly brown the mixture.

Then pour the breadcrumbs over the mac & cheese mixture.

Finally,

 
Florida Lobster Mac & Cheese ready to bake (double recipe)

Slice the tomato in 1/4 inch slices. Place the tomatoes on top of the breadcrumb topping. Brush with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

Bake 30-35 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and topping slightly browned on top.

Recipe adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Lobster Macaroni & Cheese.

About the Author: Robin Draper is a Florida native and blogger devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living. This article is connected to Robin's Google+ profile.

 

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Robin Draper on July 5, 2015 said:
This looks wonderful can't wait to make it. I love tomatoes with my Mac and cheese.

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