Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Feast of the Two Fishes
For years and years I worked on Christmas Eve and usually got home after 9:00 pm. Sometimes we closed at 6:00 but people just didn't want to leave and then we had to clean up. So now that we can enjoy Christmas Eve I like to cook something special. Bill always cooked Christmas dinner because I was always exhausted and enjoyed being catered to, but Christmas eve I think I just fell asleep.
The Italians have the feast of the Seven Fishes but since there are just two of us we had the feast of the Two Fishes!
This recipe is the result of watching too many cooking videos on You Tube. It seems as though there are as many recipes for mac 'n cheese as there are cooks. For years I have made mac 'n cheese by making a roux with butter and flour and milk. Several Southern cooks I watched skipped this step entirely and mixed everything in a big bowl and then transferred it to a baking dish. They also used eggs and you can go with half and half, fat free half and half or evaporated milk or 2%. It's Christmas...it's half and half!
If we had won the lottery this recipe would be called Lobster Mac 'n Cheese....
"Almost Lobster" Mac 'n Cheese
1/2 lb elbow macaroni or you could use Campanelle (Italian for "little bells" and they soak up lots of sauce)
1/2 stick butter or I can't believe it's not butter
1 8oz. pkg Trans Ocean Lobster Classic
1/2 lb medium cooked shrimp
1 pkg Kraft Italian 5 cheese with added cream cheese (Mozzarella, Provolone, Romano, Asiago and Parmesan)
2 cups half and half with 1 egg whisked in
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Dash of cayenne
Salt and pepper
Cook macaroni (al dente) and drain. Put in a big mixing bowl and while still hot add the butter cut up in pieces. Stir to melt butter and coat macaroni. Break up lobster into chunks. It will come apart in squares about 1 inch. Add lobster and shrimp to bowl, cheese, half and half, egg and seasonings. Stir all together. Grease a 1.5 quart casserole. Pour in everything. Cover and bake for 30 min. at 325.
2 tablespoons of melted butter combined with 1/4 c. Panko bread crumbs.
Uncover and put breadcrumbs on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 15 more minutes until lightly browned.