Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lobster is for Lovers

After a few years of fighting the Valentine’s Day crowd and sitting closer than we’d like to other lovers dining out to celebrate the holiday, MD and I decided we needed a tradition of our own.

Each year MD and I get gussied up and enjoy an evening out on the town the Saturday prior to V-day. Then, on the 14th we celebrate in the comfort of our own home over a delicious meal prepared by MD followed by a chocolaty dessert baked by yours truly!

A few years ago, MD made us lobster for our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.

3G iPhone photo. 2010

It was so amazing!

This method of preparation is referred to as Piggyback Lobster Tails. Relax! It’s not as difficult as it may appear.

3G iPhone photo. 2010

Use MD’s step-by-step instructions below and impress your sweetie with this next Tuesday – or any other day of the year!

Ingredients:
(2) Lobster tails
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
Salt and pepper to taste 

You'll also need:
Kitchen shears

Directions:
1. Pick up two fresh lobster tails each around six ounces from your local meat market and defrost. Take a pair of kitchen shears. Cut down the center of the shell all the way to the base of the tale - being careful not to cut the meat.

2. Gently open the shell from each side pulling it away from the meat. Keep the back of the meat attached to the shell. Once all the meat is freed from the shell (EXCEPT the end) close the shell back together and gently lay the meat on top of the shell. Gently slide a skewing stick through the lobster meat. This will keep it from curling up! Season meat with melted butter, paprika and salt.

3. Using a steamer pot, add water to the inside pan. When the water begins to boil, drop in the lobster tails on the top pan.

4. For lobster tails that are 4-6 oz., let them steam for about 12-15 minutes.

5. Prepare a couple of ramekins with melted butter for dipping.

3G iPhone photo. 2010


I insist you give this a try! Leave a comment if you have any questions!

Cheers!
Christi


(If this isn't enough to make your skirt fly up, come back tomorrow for another one of MD’s amazing Valentine’s Day dishes!)

1 comment:

Ally Garner said...

We do the exact. same. thing! Jef & I will go out the weekend before Valentine's Day and cook-in on the actual day. We watch a classic movie & exchange presents. Nothing's better than a romantic night in!

But +1 to your amazing husband for being such an incredible chef. WOW I'm super impressed! Cooking is not my husband's talent. At all. But I'm stealing this lobster recipe to make for him :)

Thank you to you both for sharing such a sweet idea and delectable recipe! Hope you have a romantic celebration together this year!