Archive | May, 2014

Easy Baked Stuffed Lobster

27 May

My boyfriend love lobster. He loves lobster rolls, plain lobster and of course baked stuffed lobster. The presentation alone of a baked stuffed lobster is pretty impressive. It also seems like a lot of work. You have to remove the lobster meat and then stuff it all back in with other seafood and stuffing? Come on…and then there’s the question, do you have to kill the lobster first??

In true semi-homemade form, I decided to attempt this without having to kill my own lobster, for my lobster.

lobster

What you need:

2 steamed lobsters from the store

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup of crushed butter crackers (I used Ritz but you could use Club or generic butter cracker or oyster crackers)

Salt and Pepper

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 TBS of Italian seasoning

2 TBS of extra virgin olive oil

6 scallops <– Here is the thing about scallops, they can be expensive and I didn’t see any that looked really great (and I hate bay scallops) so I bought one of those packs of frozen bacon wrapped scallops. There were eight in the package and it worked perfectly.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the bacon wrapped scallops for about 3/4 of the time on the package. You don’t want to overcook them and they are going back in the oven. When you take the scallops out, remove from the bacon and pour the bacon grease into you crushed cracker crumbs. I did not use the bacon for this. I ended up putting it back in the oven, cooking it crisp and giving a couple pieces to my pups, which they loved. The rest got thrown out but you could easily chop the bacon and put it in the stuffing.

Add herbs, half the extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, herbs and the scallops to the cracker crumbs.

Turn the oven on broil.

When that’s done, take your lobsters out and remove the tail meat but not the tail. I also recommend making sure you have claw crackers because I did not and ended up using scissors and the back of a knife as a hammer. This was not easy. I ended up removing the tail of one of them and then putting it back into the main shell to stuff (it worked). Take out the tamale, innards etc. I even rinsed it out so there was a “clear” space for the stuffing.

Put the lobster meat into the cracker/scallop mix. Stuff back into the lobster. Please note that had I had the claw crackers, I would have taken the claw meat out and added it to this stuffing.

Brush the remaining extra virgin olive oil over the lobster and the stuffing. Bake in the broiler for about 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Don’t overcook or it’ll dry out!

lobster

C’est si yum!

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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

21 May

I love jalapeno poppers. They are so good and yet I imagine bad for you when you get them out of the box or in a bar. I was craving some and decided there must be a better way. If you search on Pinterest, tons of ideas come up, so I decided to try my own variation.

What you need:

4 fresh jalapenos, cut lengthwise

1/4 block of Velveeta cheese

1/4 cup of softened cream cheese

3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs

4 slices of cooked bacon

1 bowl of water and a sink

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To remove seeds, cut the tops off of the jalapenos and then cut them lengthwise. If you have gloves of some sort (latex or the plastic throw away variety) I would say you could use them. If not, just be sure to wash your hands after this part and don’t touch your eyes. Use a pairing knife to cut the white part and seeds out. For pesky seeds that wouldn’t come out, I put them in the bowl of water and got them out that way. I also put the sliced pieces in there as I went through the jalapenos.

Slice the Velveeta according to the size of the jalapeno slices. The stuffing part is up to you. Just pat the jalapeno dry and discard the water.

I stuffed each one differently and they all tasted delicious.

Option 1 – bacon pieces and cream cheese

Option 2 – bacon pieces, Velveeta and then cream cheese on top

Option 3 – bacon pieces and just Velveeta (if you do it this way, put the bacon in first)

Each of these options end the same way, in the panko. I did not use eggs or anything in this recipe. I simply pressed the cheese part and the back part of the jalapeno firmly into the panko. Place on a non-stick sprayed baking sheet and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Jalapeno popper

You want the jalapenos to be tender but watch to make sure the inside does not ooze out. None of this bat ch did. They were delicious and only took about 30 minutes total time to make (including baking). The most time-consuming part was the seed removal.

C’est si yum!

Sweet Chili Panko-Baked Shrimp

21 May

I made an impromptu shrimp dish last night. It could be served easily as an appetizer or accompaniment to a salad or pasta dish.
I did not take a photo of the finished product but I have some images of what was used.

What you need:

Salt and Pepper

Trader Joe's Chili Sauce1/3 Cup of Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce

I did feel the need to take a picture of the shrimp I bought. Look at how yum they look and they were already deveined (shells on though)!

shrimp 1/2 pound of shrimp (I would say you could do any size you want)

panko1 /2 cup of plain panko breadcrumbs

1 TBS of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (I had Trader Joe’s)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the shrimp and remove the tails. Pour melted coconut oil into the chili sauce. Toss shrimp in it to coat. Season the panko with the salt and pepper. Press the shrimp into the panko breadcrumbs and arrange on a non-stick sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip shrimp over and bake for an additional five minutes.

I served them with a Caesar salad so I did not use a dipping sauce but you could use the chili sauce or sriracha-ranch sauce (1/3 cup of any ranch dressing with as much or little sriracha).

Serve hot and don’t overcook the shrimp! C’est si yum!