This New Year’s Eve was celebrated in a pretty casual fashion. Dinner, drink, and movies at the bf’s sounded great to me, but we had to add a little excitement to the event. The star of the show was the four 1 1/4 lb lobsters we made (bibs are necessary).
Hors d’oeuvres are a must in my family so we started out with some baked brie. We topped the brie with brown sugar, almonds and dried cranberries, then baked it at 180° for about 15 minutes. Spread on top of Irresistable’s cranberry and pumpkin seed crackers and you are in business!
Having never cooked lobster before, I was a little nervous they would be over or undercooked. Thanks to the miracle that is Google, we managed to turn these guys
into this beautiful main course:
We boiled sea-salted water in a huge pot, tossed the lobster in (head first so they don’t scream!) and boiled for about 6-7 minutes. You need to keep an eye on them though, once they are fully red, they are cooked. When they appeared done, we quickly pulled them out of the pot and put them into a dish full of cold water and ice (this is a necessary step because otherwise they continue to cook in their shell).
We served our lobster with a mixed salad, green beans, bow-tie pasta with marinara sauce, and baked chicken breast (for the non-seafood eaters).
It was definitely an experience to cook the lobsters ourselves and I would recommend giving it a try. I would say it is much easier to cook lobster than it is to eat!
Everything was delicious and I am so excited to roll into 2013! Happy New Year’s!!!