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
- 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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