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Old School Maine Lobster Dinner: As Good as Ever

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Lobster is undoubtedly the most consumed seafood around the world. There are various types of lobster dishes that one could prepare on special occasions or even on the normal days.

The Maine Lobster-Stuffed Chateaubriand with Bearnaise Sauce is one of the old school lobster dishes that might have fallen out of favour but their taste and health benefits remain supreme and missed by many people.

There was a time when this dish was included in almost every Maine lobster menu for special dinner with loved ones, whether at restaurants or in their own home.

The fork-tender, perfect medium-rare chateaubriand is delicious and if you stuff steamed Maine lobster tails and bacon into it, the outcome is even better. Cover it in a sauce made from egg yolks and butter to take the taste to a new level.

Here is the recipe for Maine Lobster-Stuffed Chateaubriand with Bearnaise Sauce

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Ingredients for the Roast

  • Steamed and picked with whole meat Maine lobster, 1 to 1 ¼ pounds
  • Chopped bacon, 3 strips
  • Chopped medium-sized shallot, ½
  • Minced celery, ½ rib
  • Minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • Sliced cremini mushrooms, 2 ounces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced green onion, 1
  • Dry white wine, 3 tablespoons
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, 1 tablespoon
  • Trimmed and centre-cut beef tenderloin, 1 of about 2 pounds

For Bearnaise Sauce

  • White wine vinegar, 1/3 cup
  • Dry white wine, 1/3 cup
  • Sliced shallot, 1 of medium size
  • Leaves removed and finely chopped fresh tarragon sprigs, 5
  • Black peppercorns, 10, whole
  • Egg yolks, 3, large
  • Unsalted butter, 1 stick
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare Roast

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  • AT first, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon, by stirring, until it turns crisp. The process takes about 5 minutes. Now, transfer to paper towels and use a slotted spoon to drain. After that, you can add shallots and celery and cook, keep stirring until the mixture is soft. Then, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Now you should mix in mushrooms and a pinch of pepper and salt and cook till the time liquid is out from mushrooms. Now, add green onions and keep stirring. Mix in wine, increase the heat and cook until wine is completely evaporated. Now, add parsley and stir. After that, take away from heat and stir in the cooked bacon and allow the mixture to cool.
  • Now, you have to slice about 3/4 of the roast and butterfly the beef roast. Make sure that you do not cut the way through the roast. After that, put the sliced beef on a flat surface and cut side up.
  • Place the bacon-vegetable mixture in a line, crossways the meat. Now, keep the cooked lobster meat on top of mixture and roll the roast up and fasten with the twine.
  • Now, rub olive oil all over roast and season with salt and pepper. Put it in a heavy cast iron skillet or roasting pan and lightly burn all the sides. Put it in the oven and roast to the temperature of your choice. For medium-rare, roast for about 20 minutes.
  • Then, transfer to the cutting board. Cover and allow it to rest for 10 minutes prior to carving. Get rid of kitchen twine and thickly slice the roast. Place on a plate and drizzle Bearnaise sauce over it. Serve straight away with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus.

For Bearnaise Sauce

  • Take a small saucepan and put two inches of water to a simmer. Keep low heat so as water does not start boiling.
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  • Combine vinegar, wine, shallots, tarragon stems and peppercorns in a small skillet and place it over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook till the time all liquid is evaporated, except two tablespoons. Pour carefully in a large bowl to cover the opening of saucepan.
  • Now, add the egg yolks to the vinegar mixture and combine by whisking. Place the mixture over simmering water and cook until the yolks thicken.
  • Then, add the butter pieces, one at a time and make sure that one piece of butter is melted before placing the next. Now, take away the sauce from heat and add chopped tarragon leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm

There are several other traditional dishes that you will like to include in Maine lobster menu, at your next party. To know more about Maine lobster recipes, you can visit GetMaineLobster.com.

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The Camden Cook Chris Long Chosen as the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

The Maine lobster chef of the year competition was held a few days ago at Harvest on the Harbor. Four chefs from Maine, 200 guests, three judges and one crustacean participated in this competition.

The two hour long competition saw some fabulous dishes being made and served to the guests. After the cook-off, the chef from Natalie’s at The Camden Harbor, Chris Long was awarded the coveted crown of Maine’s lobster king. Chris Long prepared butter-poached lobster with grilled local mushrooms, corn and parsnips and thyme butter, which won over the likes of other chefs. The judges and hungry foodies went gaga over this dish and voted it to win the title.

In an atypical twist, Chris Long outdid his boss at Natalie’s, executive chef Jon Gaboric. Other competitors in the Maine lobster chef contest were Shanna O’Hea of Academe at The Kennebunk Inn and Chef Brandon Blethen of Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery.

One of the judges, Abby Freethy of Northwoods Gourmet Girl in Greenville said that the decision was horrible, difficult to make.

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The audiences, who came to taste the Maine’s signature dish, were from as far as Glasgow. They in the end chose the balanced and palatable entree from Chris Long, who was presented with a $1,000 cheque, a new pair of shoes and a chef coat. This title is taken as an honor in growing food world of United States. 

Long’s native place is Georgia, which is certainly not popular for lobsters. But, the chef, whose cousin was a lobsterman, has some warm memories of lobster bakes on Cape Cod.

After winning the title, Chris Long said, “My cooking style is let the natural ingredients shine. I’m getting beautiful mushrooms and parsnips, and corn is really juicy and sweet right now. If you use good ingredients you don’t have to do much,” (Source: goo.gl/tXIQ6c).

Long’s competitor, Gaboric was disappointed not to win the title but said that he was very happy for Chris.

Raymond Brunyanszki, the owner of the Inn said that the debutant lobster dishes presented at the contest will be included on the Natalie’s menu in a few days. He was all praise for the Chris Long in his comment, “He did a sensational dish and was able to capture lobster and Maine. I’m proud of him.”

It has been only a year and a half for Chris Long in Maine. He started his professional career helping to open Spread restaurant on Commercial Street in Portland. Prior to coming to Portland, he was a cook in kitchens in San Francisco and Colorado. At present, Long puts up at Lincolnville.

Long, 34, looked surprised by the win the title, said, “It feels good. I like a competition. I’m grateful to be here.”

He will represent the lobster industry as an ambassador for the next year. All the chefs, participating in the contest were of the view that exposure at the event over the last few weeks has helped in boosting sales.

Certainly, these chefs have raised the bar in lobster industry.

Eat Gluten-free Lobster Dish and Keep Your Waist-line Slimmer

A well balanced diet is the key to healthy living. It is advised that all the foods meant for consumption should include required nutritional elements like fats, proteins, carbohydrates, etc.

When it comes to tasty and healthy eating, seafood is an ultimate choice. They contain all the required nutritious ingredients in order to maintain a healthy diet. Lobster is one of the most popular sea-foods and consumed around the world.

Lobster dishes are quite prominent on the party circuits. They are easy to prepare, delicious in taste and quite healthy as well. Whether you are celebrating a get-together party of friends or want to go on a romantic dinner date, lobster dishes can serve many purposes.

Gluten-free lobster dish

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These days, there is a trend of consuming gluten-free diet. People suffering from celiac disease are immensely benefitted by gluten-free diets. Seafood lovers can now eat gluten-free delightful seafood recipe, as some online food stores have started delivering such lobster dishes to you.

One of such lobster dishes available at online food stores is Gluten Free Pascavegan Lobster Taco. You can order this flash frozen dish from online food stores and prepare it at your home.

If you are looking for delightful treat to feel a taste of another world while keeping your slimmer waist line, Gluten Free Pascavegan Lobster Taco is the option for you. The health conscious foodies can take a look at the ingredients and preparation method of this dish here.

Ingredients

• Fresh Maine lobster meat, ½ lb
• Red Cabbage, 1 cup
• Diced shallot, ½
• Cayenne Pepper, 1 teaspoon
• Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
• Vegan yogurt, 1 cup
• Agave, 1 tablespoon
• Half lime
• Chopped cilantro, ¼ cup
• Chopped basil, ¼ cup
• Shaved carrots and celery, 1 cup
• Soft tacos, 4 gluten-free
• Hard tacos, 4 gluten-free

How to prepare

Cayenne spiked red cabbage

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and chop off 1 cup of red cabbage. Place them together in sauté pan and medium-high heat. Now, add diced shallot and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Sauté the mixture till the time cabbage is thoroughly cooked.

Shaved vegetables

Shave the vegetables with mandolin or chop off finely and then, place it in ice water

Yogurt mix

Mix properly 1 cup of vegan yogurt and 1 tablespoon of agave

Soft taco

Place the soft taco over medium heat and lightly brown both the sides

Now, wrap soft taco around the hard ones and add shaved vegetables and spiked red cabbage. It’s the time to add lobster meat, 2 dollops of yogurt and sprinkle the basil and cilantro. It’s time to take a bite.

You can also order the recipe online and prepare the delicious dish at your home.

Know about the health benefits of your Favourite Seafood

Do you know that even the weekly consumption of seafood diet can reduce the risk of heart diseases by half? Seafood dishes are quite healthy for people prone to heart attacks and other heart related health disorders. Sea-foods are consist of various nutritious elements, which prove beneficial for improving body functions and keep the health in check. Sea-foods like crabs, squid, prawns, octopus and lobsters have plenty of vitamins, fish oil and minerals.

As most sea-foods contain Omega-3 fatty acid, they help body fight against heart diseases and keep the heart healthy for long times. Cholesterol is found in fewer amounts, so it does not affect your health any way. However, pregnant women should avoid eating sea-foods.

Additionally, people should try to eat fresh seafood and avoid frozen products as they contain high amount of sodium. On an average, 6 grams of sodium should be consumed each day.

Take a look at some seafood health benefits of different seafood products, here are they:

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Smoked Salmon

A high level of Omega 3 fatty acids are found in smoked salmon. According to some studies, marine foods are rich in Omega 3 fatty acid, which helps in preserving eyesight. Most people lose their eyesight due to macular degeneration causing fuzzy and blurred vision by age progression.

Almost 20 percent of daily protein intake can be consumed by four slices of Salmon. However, Salmon should be avoided, if your blood pressure is high.

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Crab

They are ten-legged crustacean, high in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. Crabs are also rich in selenium, chromium, copper, calcium and zinc.

Omega 3 fatty acid reduces the inflammatory conditions in patients of arthritis while selenium is considered a powerful antioxidant.

On an average, 100 grams of crab contain only 128 calories helping people fight various heart ailments.

People suffering from high cholesterol should consume crabs occasionally.

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Lobsters

Lobsters are rich in iodine, selenium and vitamins B whereas low level of calories, saturated fats and cholesterol are found in this seafood.

Vitamins E found in lobsters reduce the damages of cell. Lobsters are considered luxury food but they are also healthy to consume and a rich source of lean protein.

Moreover, 33 grams of protein is found in 150 grams of lobsters.

The health secrets of sea-foods are known to all. People need to prepare seafood dishes in right way and must add proper ingredients to the dishes. Seafood dishes can be eaten on special occasions and weekends.

Make Weekends Special with Delicious Lobster Rolls

Lobsters are considered the ‘king of seafood’. Among various sea delicacies lobsters are widely eaten by foodies around the world and most preferred. Lobsters have many health benefits, are nutritious and very delicious. Low in fat and cholesterol lobsters are good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Among various species of lobsters, Maine lobsters are most desired and best tasted. Lobsters should be bought alive whenever you are planning to cook a lobster meal. Dead lobsters which are sold in the market in frozen packet might be days old and stale. It will smell foul and ruin your dish. However, fresh lobsters are able to keep their taste and make food delicious.

If you have invited guests for a special evening and wan to make something which could take the place of evening snacks and dinner then Maine lobster rolls are the best options available.

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Maine Lobster Rolls

Lobster roll is very easy to cook. It is just a sandwich stuffed with lobster meat in a butter soaked grilled hot dog bun or hamburger buns or baguettes or other type of bread rolls. The one side opening should always be on the top and not side so that the stuffing is visible. Lobsters rolls are prepared differently in different parts of the world. So you can bring variety in just one delicacy. Besides, the chopped lobster meat the roll may also contain lettuce leaves, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. In England butter is used in place of mayonnaise and roll is served with potato chips and French fries.

Maine lobster rolls prepared all around have certain common characteristics such as a regular split hot dog bun is used which is lightly buttered and grilled, lobster meat chunks are usually knuckle, claw and tail, the stuffing is usually cold rather than warm or hot. Potato chips and dill pickles are also traditional. Live Maine lobsters are costly in compare to dead ones.

Preparation: If you are using live lobsters, boil them first and let them cool at room temperature. Take out the meat from claw, knuckle and tail and cut into small chunks. Add mayonnaise, tarragon and scallions to lobster meat and keep into freeze for an hour after seasoning it with salt and pepper. Now grill lightly buttered bun on both sides. When the buns are toasted light brown stuff them with chilled lobster salad placing in a tray, garnish it with pickle and potato chips and serve.

So, you see how easy it is to prepare such delicious delicacy! Maine lobster rolls won’t take much of your time and you can prepare it quickly and serve many guests. But you are not willing to cook then you can place the order online for 5-6 people like that. It won’t cost much.