fried lobster mac and cheese

Jane Whittaker

By
@janenov46

I came up with this for the WFC this year added a few tweaks to my usual mac and cheese.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Deep Fry

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This combination of mac and cheese with lobster is a great idea. Then to fry it on top of that? Oh my - it's divine! The white cheddar and the Gruyere cheese pair well together. The panko crumbs add a nice crunchiness, while the cayenne adds a touch of heat. This is one great tasting dish!

Ingredients

2 c
elbow macaroni
2 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
flour
1/2 tsp
each salt and pepper
1/2 tsp
nutmeg
1 large
lobster tail meat
2 large
scallions, use the green parts, chopped
1 c
heavy cream
1 c
whole milk
2 c
white cheddar cheese, grated
6 oz
cream cheese
1 c
guyere, grated
3 large
eggs
2 Tbsp
water
2 c
panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp
each salt pepper garlic powder, onion powder, more if you like
1 tsp
dry parsley
1 tsp
cayenne
oil to fry

Directions Step-By-Step

1
You will want to have a pan that will make perfect sized squares, I used two 10x 5 loaf pns that I sprayed with pam.
2
Put a quart of salted water on medium high and when it comes to a boil add your macaroni and cook per package directions, then drain well.
3
While macaroni cooks melt butter in a heavy sauce pan, add the flour, salt pepper, nutmeg and stir to incorporate well.
4
Add the chopped scallions and chopped lobster meat, stir for minute.
5
Stir in milk a little at a time using a spatula for this, then add in cream.
6
Remove from heat, put in cheeses and stir to melt.
7
Pour into prepared pans, it doesn't look like much but each pan will yield 8 squares.
8
Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until starting to brown and set.
9
Let cool and set in fridge until it is set enough to turn the pan upside down and release the whole pan in one piece. Might take an hour, or you could set it in ice to speed it along.
10
Cut down the middle lengthwise, then crosswise to make 8 squares for each pan.
11
Whip eggs with water, set aside
12
Mix panko bread crumbs with salt, pepper, parsley, cayenne, onion and garlic powder, set aside.
13
Heat oil to 350°
14
Roll mac squares first in the egg wash, then roll in bread crumbs.
15
Fry in hot oil until golden brown, drain on wire rack.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Collection: World Food Champs
Other Tag: Quick & Easy