Friday, February 18, 2011

Lobster Mac & Cheese for Mom

With crustacean for decoration
I made lobster mac & cheese and it was a huge hit!  I made this for my mom, she loves lobster, however she got sick and was unable to make it for lunch.  It was disappointing because we had planned this luncheon a few weeks ago.  I knew she was sick when she turned down a lobster roll that my brother bought her.

Undecorated
 Last March mom had a major stroke, then she fell and broke her hip and had another mild stroke.  She's amazed her doctors, because she's doing so well. She has no speech impairment or paralysis and her memory is perfect. We, and she are very fortunate.   The stroke did make her a bit of a "drama queen" which is kind of funny because she wasn't one!  While she was in rehab I would bring her a lobster roll from Maine every week when I went to see her - she just loves lobster!  For now mom's luncheon has been rescheduled.  I wonder if she'll still want lobster, she also loves shrimp!


I used a Martha Stewart mac & cheese recipe and then added the meat from two 1 1/2 pound lobsters.  It was really delicious!

Mac & Cheese Recipe



  •                 Serves 8
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)
  • 4 ounces Havarti cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)
  • 4 ounces Muenster cheese, coarsely grated (1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices white sandwich bread

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Butter a shallow 4-quart baking dish (oval or 9-by-13-inch rectangle); set aside.
  2. Generously salt boiling water; add pasta. Cook, according to package instructions, until 2 minutes short of al dente. Drain pasta, and return to pot.
  3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium. Transfer 2 tablespoons melted butter to a small bowl; set aside for topping. Add flour and mustard powder to remaining butter in saucepan. Cook, whisking, 1 minute (do not let flour darken). Whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce from heat. Gradually whisk in cheeses; add Worcestershire sauce, and season generously with salt and pepper. Add sauce to pasta, and toss to combine; transfer to prepared baking dish. Add the lobster at this point.
  5. Place bread in food processor; pulse until very coarse crumbs form (you should have about 3 cups). Add reserved melted butter, and pulse just to moisten. Scatter crumbs over pasta in baking dish. (If making ahead, cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.)
  6. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. (If refrigerated, bake for 30 to 35 minutes.) Cool 5 minutes before serving.

44 comments:

  1. my GOD that is one hell of a luxury mac and cheese... I love it though (although I guess Lobster's not quite such an extravagance where you guys are!)

    So sorry to hear about you mum... we all get old and seem to do a lot of falling down don't we? I think the governments should start investing in cushion padding for side-walks right?

    I think you should go and waft your mac and cheese under her window... that'll perk her up!

    Have a lovely weekend x

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  2. Well like your mom I love lobster but I really like shrimp and crab also. I am going to try Martha's mac and cheese. I did alton Browns from the food channel and it was good but not super creamy. I like the mix of cheeses in this one.
    I would have to be sick to not eat lobster also. So hope your mom is feeling better.
    Cathy

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  3. What deb said!!... Just this year I have developed a seafood allergy...ask me how disapointing this is. *sigh*

    Kudos to your mom, and hope she's feeling better today.

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  4. I do hope your mom is feeling better real soon! She must be really sick to miss that lunch. It looks and sounds wonderful! I love seafood and I can see this in our near future. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. get well wishes to mom !! I would have to be comatose to miss this... yumm yumm..
    Have a wonderful weekend.. hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  6. Sounds like a lobster mac 'n cheese casserole full of love plus a plastic crustacean! I hope your Mom is able to join you for lunch soon.

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  7. Goodness, I'm glad she's doing so well now! That's a lot to go through. I love seafood as well (especially shrimp and lobster). I'll have to keep this recipe for a special occasion! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Yahoo! This is the creme de la creme of mac and cheese recipes!
    Now I am totally convinced that you fully deserve this award!

    http://thespicegarden.blogspot.com/2011/02/well-hoop-de-doo-thanks-chris-and-amy.html

    I have come to enjoy your blog so much! I simply must give you a Stylish Blogger Award! All the best to you, Mary!

    I hope Mum is feeling better! Nothing like a wintertime bug to cramp your style!

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  9. I love Lobster and I love Mac and cheese, I'm thinking I'd love this. It looks gorgeous!

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  10. Wow! This sounds wonderful!!! I hope your Mom is feeling better. :)

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  11. That looks and sounds yummy! So sorry your Mum wasnt well enough to share it, but I'm sure it went pretty quickly!
    Another recipe to try! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Gill x

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  12. I'll be happy to come over and help you finish any leftovers! I can't make anything with fish at our house because my husband hates fish and hates the smell of it too. The only time I can have any is when we go to a restaurant. I hope that your mom starts feeling better soon. It's tough when you get older. My mom has her good days, and her not so good ones too.

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  13. I hope your mom is feeling better soon!
    My BF doesn't let me experiment much when it comes to mac and cheese but Ive always wanted to try lobster mac and cheese. It sounds amazing.
    Thanks for the kind words on Chef Dennis' site today and checking out Pass the Sushi! I really enjoyed being his guest for the day! It was so much fun!

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  14. Boy does this look good. Mac and cheese is a family favorite. I will have to give this one a try when my daughter comes home from school. The boys will not eat seafood. Love the side bars photos.

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  15. yummieeee....Would die to taste it..:)

    xxx


    Angie


    P.S:http://chasingkitesbyangie.blogspot.com/
    Don't bother to pass by anytime...:)

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  16. I think you should show this post to your Mum - she'll be round tomorrow instead!!!!

    Hope she is feeling much better soon.

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  17. She must have really felt bad to turn down a lobster roll. Well, really.

    I know my health would quickly take a turn for the better if you offered me that yummy lobster mac and cheese. Hope she's better real soon.
    Sam

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  18. I am very pleased to stop by via Susan lovely blog - you have a wodnerful little world here and I am sorry about your Mum - loss and pain seems to be at every corner, everywhere we turn these past months...whew! lets hope the rest of 2011 is placid.

    The dessert is marvelous and your lobster mac and cheese has me gobsmacked!
    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  19. This looks so yummy!! Wow - I would love to try and make this.

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  20. What a wonderful recipe to make for your Mom! I love lobster and i know this would put a big smile on my face. It looks delicious.

    I hope yoyr Mom continues to improve every day

    Hugs, Pat

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  21. what an inspired dish! How could you not love something as wonderful as Mac and cheese with lobster! I'm sure your mom loved it, hears wishing her continued recovery
    Dennis

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  22. Hope your Mom is doing well. My Mother's favorite thing was great food. I owe everything to her. Your Mac and cheese is worthy of cudos.

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  23. WIshing your mom health. Lobster in mac and cheese? What a luxury to those of us who do not live in New England.

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  24. I sure love mac and cheese but would have to pass on the lobster...
    Hope your Mom is feeling better by now...take care

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  25. first off i am LOVING Tessa...looks like a giant Teddy...and a white one....I LOVE the bow...she is adorable...and i see you too there little Duke..you little sweetheart...

    mary...this looks heavenly...i have never had lobster mac and cheese...delicious...you are cute...i just told susan...if she brought the giada dessert i would bring the pasta...and you said you would bring the salad...i wish...

    wouldn't we have FUN....

    happy to visit with you today, my friend

    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  26. That lobster mac and cheese looks so good! Hope your mom feels better soon so she can have a fabulous lunch with you. :)

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  27. OH my goodness-this is my kind of dish. I love mac and cheese and lobster with pasta so I know this is fabulous!! Yummy :)

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  28. Omg, lobster AND mac and cheese? That just sounds so amazing. I wish I had the money to make it right now. :(

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  29. OOH this looks so good Mary!! LOVE Macaroni Cheese, was a real favourite when we were young & my Mum used to top it with sliced tomatoes. I don't make it enough now, you've jolted my memory - thank you! So happy to have found your blog and thanks for the lovely comments on mine xoxo Rachel (Mozart's Girl)

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  30. I hope your Mom is feeling better.

    Zambia x

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  31. My goodness you have some incredibly good food on your blog! Lets eat!!!

    So glad your mom is doing well. After all she has been through she must be one tough lady!

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  32. When I was a kid growing up, my mom's baked mac and cheese was an absolute favorite dish. Trouble is, she made it with velveeta, which I don't use and I can't find a recipe that I really like. Yours sounds yummy and the lobster is really an elegant touch. Yummy!

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  33. well i have NEVER heard of this combination before!? I sounds like "something to try"!

    Thanks
    Leontien

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  34. You have a lovely blog! and I'm so impressed you have lobster in macaroni and cheese; that really has to be heavenly tasting.
    Hope your mom is getting back to normal; life is not so easy as we age;I know.
    Rita

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  35. Your lobster and macaroni and cheese looks wonderful!

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  36. Lobster macaroni! Such a luxuriously dish but yet casual for eating. What a great idea to serve this dish for all kind of occasion.

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  37. hi! just popped back to say thanks so much for leaving such a great comment- I really needed a foodie person to plant some ideas!

    I can't wait to try Basil and Strawberries- I adore Strawberries with ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar- and am about to sprinkle some cinnamon into my morining coffee (sacriledge you Americans would say!!)

    Thanks for following, hope to chat again soon
    xx

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  38. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and becoming my newest follower. You have a wonderful blog here and I'm looking forward to taking the time to look around. Your mac and cheese looks WAY better than mine, lol. Lobster? Something I rarely have in Toronto, I envy you living on the ocean. It sounds fabulous! I hope our Mom is feeling better soon and can enjoy her lobster. Have a lovely day!

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  39. I love this mac and cheese. It looks wonderful. I'm enjoying your blog. Thank you so much for your very kind words on my blog. it is the nicest part of blogging, connecting with people like you.

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  40. Your recipe looks great. I've had lobster mac and cheese for meals out, but never made it myself. Thanks for stopping by Buttermilk Cottage and becoming a follower. Please come back and visit often. I've just become your newest follower!
    Best,
    Susan

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  41. Hello,
    Greetings from Lebanon.
    I want to thank you for being a follower, it always make me happy when i see a blogger adding me.
    It shows me that i might me doing something nice in my blog.
    Loove your recipes and consider that ur raspberries charlotte looks exquisite and it looks better than the cookbook.
    Am your follower now. and will enjoy visiting you.
    Nathalie

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  42. Just getting caught up my blogs. I had never heard of Lobster Mac and Cheese before but it sounds wonderful. I'll have to make this for my husband. He's a huge lobster fan.

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  43. Wow, wow, wow. My husband would love me forever and ever if I ever made him this!!!

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