November 9, 2009

What To Serve With Lobster : Wonderful Appetizers


What to Serve With Lobster: The Best Appetizers

If you are going to cook and serve lobster in your own home, you might as well go all out and make a great three-course meal, complete with appetizers, the main course (lobster, naturally), and dessert. Appetizers in particular are important because the wrong appetizer can make your lobster experience not as good as you would like, while the right one can set your palette up for a marvelous experience. This article will share with you two appetizers, and will help you determine what you should serve with lobster to get the most of your meal.

What to Serve With Lobster: Stuffed Mushrooms

Ah, stuffed mushrooms. This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers because you can do so much with something as simple as a mushroom. The taste is also just right; it is not too weak where it is bland, but it is not too strong where it overpowers the lobster that you will have next. A properly-cooked mushroom appetizer will prep your taste buds for the lobster dish coming up next.

You will need:

- 10 medium mushrooms with closed caps

- 1 ½ tablespoons of butter

- 2 tablespoons of water

- ¼ cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

- 2 tablespoons of minced green onion

- ¼ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

- ¼ cup of bread crumbs

- 1 teaspoon of cayenne or paprika

- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic

- Salt and pepper

To make this dish, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your mushrooms are carefully washed and dried prior to use. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them, then include them in a skillet over medium-low heat along with butter and the green onion. Saute this mixture until the butter is melted and the stems are tender. You will then want to add the bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, cayenne or paprika, garlic, Worchestershire sauce, and however much salt and pepper you want to include. Stir this mixture for one minute, then remove and fill the mushroom caps with the mixture. Make sure the cap is completely filled and creates a rough mound or so over the top. Cover and keep cool in a refrigerator if you are not serving them immediately; if you are, take the water and put it in a glass baking dish and then place the stuffed mushrooms in. Bake this for about 15-17 minutes and serve after removing them from the oven. You can also sprinkle a bit of mozzarella on the top of the mushrooms right before baking for extra flavor.

What to Serve With Lobster: Balsamic Green Salad

When serving lobster, you can never go wrong with a nice salad. A well-made salad is quite delicious on its own, but it also serves to cleanse the palette for the lobster. You will need:

- Basil leaves

- Sun-dried tomatoes

- Shredded mozzarella cheese

- Balsamic vinaigrette

- Baby spinach leaves

- Arugula

- Thin red apple slices

- Slivered almonds

Since this is a salad, the amount of these ingredients will depend on what you want to use. Combine the basil, arugula, and baby spinach together in roughly equal amounts. Then, layer with the cheese, tomatoes, apple slices, and almonds. Pour the balsamic vinaigrette over the top and toss. If you want to use a raspberry vinaigrette, that will also work. This salad will prove to be an awesome appetizer – easy to make and tasty. You can definitely serve this salad all by itself as the sole appetizer – but if you want to serve it and the stuffed mushrooms from above in the same meal, I won’t tell anyone.

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November 9, 2009

What to Serve With Lobster: Side Dishes

What to Serve With Lobster: Side Dishes

If you are planning a phenomenal lobster meal, then you will need a side dish to go with the main course. While lobster tastes delicious all by itself, a well-chosen side dish only enhances the flavor of the meal. There are too many excellent side dishes to put in one article, but for this article I have chosen two of my favorites: Bacon-wrapped Parmesan asparagus, and a loaded baked potato. This article will give you the ingredients as well as a simple guide to preparing and cooking these tasty dishes,so you will know what to serve with lobster for a perfect lobster meal.

What to Serve With Lobster: Bacon-wrapped Parmesan Asparagus

This has been one of my favorite side dishes for a long time, for anything from steak to baked chicken. It is particularly delicious, though, with a steaming plate of lobster. To create this dish, you will need the following ingredients:

- 12 spears of fresh asparagus

- 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

- Olive oil

- Shredded Parmesan cheese

- 3 strips of bacon

(You can also add a pinch of garlic powder or a teaspoon or two of minced garlic, but this is not required by any means.)

First, prep your dish by wrapping the bacon around 4 trimmed and washed spears of asparagus. Take a saucepan and heat up a thin layer of olive oil. When the oil is heated (but not too hot), take 1your asparagus bundles and place them in the oil. Stir occasionally and let them simmer until the spears are cooked but are not completely limp, and the bacon is cooked but is not crispy. Remove the bundles from the pan, place on a plate, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pepper. Then serve while warm. This dish does not take very long at all to make, so you can probably start and finish it while your lobster is boiling.

What to Serve With Lobster: Loaded Baked Potato

A baked potato may very well be the best single side dish for lobster. A loaded baked potato is even more delicious. You will need these ingredients (this recipe creates 1 potato):

- 1 large potato for baking

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

- 1 ¼ teaspoon of olive oil

- 2 teaspoons of butter

- ¼ cup of shredded cheddar cheese

- ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese

- 1 tablespoon of bacon bits

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your potato and poke a few holes in it for ventilation. Then, rub a light layer of olive oil on your potato, place on a baking tray, and roast the oven for 60-75 minutes, or until the skin of the potato has turned a nice golden-brown color. Remove (be careful) and cut a slit in the baked potato along the top, being careful not to completely split the potato. Spread the two halves and create a cavity of sorts for the stuffing. You will have to fluff the insides with a fork to do this. Then, put the butter, garlic powder, and salt on the inside of the potato. Cover with cheese and bacon bits and pinch the sides together slightly so the cheese melts. Then serve. Black olives or green onions on top also make nice additions to this potato. If you want, you can also replace the bacon with pieces of ham.

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