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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Putting on the Ritz Lobster Mac and Cheese

The cheesy rich sauce and the lobster takes this mac and cheese to a whole new level.

1/2 lb medium shell pasta
6 tbsps butter, divided in 3
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 lb cooked lobster meat or lobster flavoured pollock
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
1 tsp parsley
1  1/2 cups crushed cheesy Ritz crackers
2 tbsps flour
2 cups milk
1  1/4 cups shredded three cheese blend
1 cup creamy ricotta
1/4 cup parmesan
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Cook pasta to al dente, drain.  Toss with a little olive oil and set aside.

Heat 2 tbsps butter in a skillet. Add lobster, garlic, red pepper and parsley and toss together 30-60 seconds then remove to a dish.

Add 2 tbsps butter to the same skillet and toss with crushed Ritz to coat, very gently browning. Remove from heat.

In a large pot melt the last 2 tbsps of butter, add the flour then whisk in the milk.  Bring to a gentle boil and cook 2-3 minutes until thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses and seasonings.  Stir in the drained pasta.

Spray a baking dish.  You could use one large one, but I opted for 2 - 4" and 1 - 6" rounds. Spray them with cooking oil.

Mix 3/4 of the lobster into the mac and transfer to dishes. Sprinkle remaining lobster on top with the Ritz crumbs.

Bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes.
You might not ever want to go back to regular mac and cheese!

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