Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

LMAC: Lobster Mac & Cheese (with bacon!)

I have a friend that made lobster mac & cheese, boy oh boy was it good! It was even better the next day it was that good. I found out that he just used a regular old box of kraft mac and cheese (the deluxe kind) and just mixed in some lobster! So easy! I knew I could make it.

In addition to making LMAC, I've been wanting to find a great mac & cheese recipe... and I will tell you I am still on the hunt for that.

I used this recipe from one of my favorite websites/blog The Kitchn. I followed the recipe exactly except for a few things:

-1 pound of pasta = 1 box of pasta
-2 cups mac & cheese blend cheese mix vs just cheddar
-baked it
-added panko bread crumbs

Lessons learned:
-since I baked it, the LMAC really lost it's cheesyness... next time I make this I will just use 3/4's of the box
-it wasn't that flavorful... siracha was added and made it better... but I didn't like how spicy it was
-added planko bread crumbs on top... really didn't add anything to the LMAC

Overall this recipe was a bust... still looking to find a mac and cheese recipe I CAN make.

Adapted from The Kitchen:

Creamy No-Roux Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 4 to 6

What You Need

1 box pasta
1 1/2 2% milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded cheese, I used the Mac & Cheese blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
3 Lobster tails
5 Pieces of bacon
Planko bread crumbs

Pasta pot
Sauce pan


1. Cook bacon: cook in the oven for 10 minutes on each side at 400 degrees.
2. Boil the Pasta: Bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat in the pasta pot. Add the pasta, cook until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. Warm the Milk: When the pasta has finished cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. Begin warming 1 cup of the milk in the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and the flour until there are no lumps. When you just start to see tendrils of steam rising from the warming milk, whisk in the milk-and-flour mixture. Continue whisking gently until the milk thickens slightly to the consistency of heavy cream, 3-4 minutes. WATCH CLOSELY!! It got too hot and too thick, so I had to add more milk to water it down.
4. Make the Cheese Sauce: Turn the heat to low andmix  handfuls of cheese into the milk. Stir in the salt and mustard. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.
5. Cut add in's:  I used scissors to cut the lobster and bacon to bite size pieces, save 2 pieces to sprinkle on top
6. Combine the Pasta and Cheese Sauce: In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta and 1/2 of the cheese sauce. Stir to coat the pasta evenly. Add the second half of the sauce and bacon and lobster.
7. Baked Mac and Cheese: Pour the prepared mac and cheese into a casserole dish, cover with a lid or foil, and bake at 350°F for 1/2 hour. Remove the covering, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bacon, bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes until the top is golden and the interior is bubbly.

sorry for the bad image quality.. not sure what happened there

Let me know if you have any questions!