Monday, August 8, 2011

Lobster Orzo "Mac N Cheese"

In addition to the Banana Cream Pie, The Husband requested Lobster Orzo Mac and Cheese for his birthday dinner last week. This was somewhat difficult since I've never had this dish before. After scouring the internet for recipes, I settled on a combination of these two, one from the Food Network and one from Epicurious. (I basically followed the Food Network recipe until I finished the roux and mixed in the cheese. Then I followed the Epicurious recipe by tossing the pasta in with the cheese mixture instead of baking with bread crumbs as the Food Network recipe suggests.)

What I loved about the Food Network recipe was that you had to make a lobster stock from the lobster shells that was then used to make the roux in the mac and cheese. Brilliant! And the smell of shallots, garlic, and peppercorns with milk in a pot is simply amazing. 

The roux: flour + butter. 

Adding the 3 cheeses: Gruyere, Emmentaler, and Fontina. 

The finished product with lobster pieces, basil, and S+P to taste. 

This dish was quite amazing. The creamy cheese and aromatic lobster broth created a gooey mac and cheese with the orzo pasta. This one is definitely a decadent treat to make for a special night. 

Have a great Monday! 

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