Want to really wow them at Thanksgiving this year? Skip the traditional turkey and serve Maine lobster instead. With lobster prices at an all-time low this season, November is the perfect time to get innovative with the classic Maine dish. Whether you’re entertaining for a cocktail party or serving a sit-down dinner for a crowd, here are four lobster recipes that will delight your guests.
Appetizer: Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites
A cup of cooked lobster (or approximately three lobster tails) and three different cheeses make this finger food dish the hit of the party. The best part of this appetizer is that a little lobster goes a long way. After mixing the mac and cheese with lobster, scoop the mixture into mini muffin tins. What pops out when done and golden brown is nothing less than elegant.
Appetizer: Lobster Dip
Any hot cheesy dip usually goes quickly at a gathering, so you might need to double the recipe on this one. Always use fresh Maine lobster for this recipe (trust us nothing canned ever tastes as good). The creamy richness comes from the cream cheese, sour cream and just a touch of mayonnaise, while the flavor comes from the warmed lobster, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Serve with Ritz crackers.
Many don’t realize that turkey wasn’t on the original harvest celebration menu for the colonists and the Wampanoag, but according to Smithsonian Magazine, lobster, clams and mussels likely were. This dish combines succulent steamed Maine lobster with the traditional flavors of nutmeg and chestnut and is sure to please everyone.
Entrée: Bourbon roasted lobster
To really step it up, this dish uses fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, and chervil and loads of butter. Pan roast the lobster, then add bourbon, and flambée it near the end for the grand finale. Rarely do you see a recipe for roasted lobster, and though this takes a bit of work, it’s an unforgettable main course that your guests will be talking about for years.