Monday, April 15, 2013

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

One thing I always keep in my freezer is frozen lobster meat (langoustine, to be precise).  I buy them at my local COSTCO.  They are precooked, tasty and very convenient.  When needed, all I have to do is just defrost and I can eat as they are or add straight to my cooking dish.

Frozen lobster meat is particularly useful when I want simple dishes to be boosted and look more gorgeous, such as spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino (spaghetti simply cooked with garlic and chile).  The volume is boosted and the dish becomes a gorgeous evening meal.

This time, I added some lobster meat to a simple macaroni & cheese together with some chopped tarragon.  This is an awesome and completely different dish from the one you remember at the school canteen.

Moreover, the recipe that I created includes low-fat milk and cheese without butter!

Ingredients for 2 to 3 people
6 oz macaroni
some salt
4 tablespoons Panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
1/2 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon (depending on how hot you prefer) cayenne pepper
1/2 litre (2 cups + 4 teaspoons) 1 % low fat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
some olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 - 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 1/4 oz low-fat Cheddar cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
10 - 11 oz frozen lobster meat (defrost and lightly squeeze to remove excess liquid)
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves

Boil plenty of water for the macaroni and add a good teaspoonful of salt.  Cook the macaroni until al dente.  Drain and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, place the panko, Parmesan cheese, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Take 3 - 4 tablespoons milk, add to the flour and stir well.  Add the flour mixture to the rest of the milk and stir well until the flour mixture is completely dissolved.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onion for 2 - 3 minutes or until soft.  Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

Pour the milk/flour mixture into the frying pan and, constantly whisking, bring to a boil. 
Add one third of the cheese at a time and stir well between each addition until the cheese is melted.

Add the tomato paste to the frying pan and stir well until the paste is blended and the colour of the sauce becomes pinkish.  Season with salt and pepper, then add the cooked macaroni and lobster meat and mix evenly.  (Do not cook too long or the macaroni becomes soggy and you lose the lobster's delicious flavour.)

Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the tarragon.

Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish greased with a little of the olive oil, sprinkle the panko mixture evenly and cook in a preheated oven at 400F for 25 - 30 minutes or until it browns.

Sprinkle some chopped tarragon and serve hot.

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Below is the Japanese version of the recipe.  If you would like to read this recipe in Japanese with pictures covering every step, please click HERE.

Bon appetit!

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