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Lobster Fondue Mac and Cheese with Crispy Bacon Topping

Adding bacon to lobster and cheese and pasta may seem like gilding the lily...but it's so delicious we don't even care.

September 1st, 2016

Carole Nelson Brown, The Yum Yum Factor

Lobster meat is cooked when it turns opaque and is no longer translucent. When cooking multiple tails at once, try to keep them the same weight, otherwise you could end up with over or undercooked meat. Note: You will need a pressure cooker to make this. 
Servings
Serves: 4
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • LOBSTER FONDUE MAC AND CHEESE:
  • 2 lobster tails
  • 2 1/4 cups (225g) cavatappi or other short cut, macaroni-type pasta
  • 1 cup (250 mL) crisp, dry white wine
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cherry brandy or liqueur
  • 1 cup (100g) Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup (100g) Emmental cheese
  • Ground black pepper
  • CRIPSY BACON TOPPING:
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 package duBreton Rustic Farm Black Forest Bacon
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • 1/8 cup (15g) freshly grated parmesan
Directions
  1. LOBSTER: Add 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker and set the two lobster tails on a pressure cooker safe trivet, shell side down.

  2. Steam on low pressure for 3 minutes then immediately shock the lobster in an ice bath to stop if from cooking further.

  3. Remove shell, chop lobster meat and set aside.

  4. CRISPY BACON TOPPING: Chop uncooked bacon into to small pieces and fry in a small pan until it starts to get crispy.

  5. Drain all but approximately 1 tbsp (15 mL) of bacon grease from the pan and add garlic to bacon grease. Stir around for approximately 30 seconds and add butter.

  6. Add bread crumbs and toss with the bacon bits until evenly coated. Continue frying until the bread crumbs are brown and crispy (approximately 3-4 minutes)

  7. Grate parmesan over top of the bread crumbs, fold in and continue cooking for 30 seconds, then remove from heat and set aside.

  8. MAC AND CHEESE: Add pasta, water, wine, salt and grated garlic to pressure cooker pot. Cook on high pressure for 4-5 minutes.

  9. Change pressure cooker to sauté setting, and bring remaining water and pasta to a simmer. Add evaporated milk and cherry liqueur.

  10. Continue simmering for approximately 3 minutes. Turn off pressure cooker.

  11. Remove pot from pressure cooker and add lobster to pasta. Add cheese, a handful at a time, stirring constantly until it’s melted and creamy.

  12. Ladle the pasta into a bowl and top each bowl with a generous handful of crispy bread bacon toppings.

  13. DON’T HAVE A PRESSURE COOKER? Lobster can be easily cooked a number of ways: boil in salted water for 1 minute per ounce; broil in the oven at 370F/190C for 1.5 minutes per ounce; pan sear over medium heat in butter or oil for approximately 3 minutes per side; grill over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side.

  14. For the Mac and Cheese (without a pressure cooker): In a large pot, bring 2 ½ cups (625 mL) water, white wine and salt and grated garlic to a boil

  15. Add the pasta and cook on medium heat until pasta is cooked al dente (refer to pasta package for recommended cooking times)

  16. Add the evaporated milk, brandy and simmer for 3 minutes

  17. In the meantime, toss the grated cheese in 2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch (cornstarch not included in the ingredients above)

  18. Gradually add the cheese, stirring frequently to make sure the cheese melts and becomes a creamy consistency. Add the lobster

  19. Ladle the pasta into a bowls and top each bowl with a generous handful of crispy bread bacon toppings.

Lobster Fondue Mac and Cheese with Crispy Bacon Topping
Carole Nelson Brown, The Yum Yum Factor

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