Finding new and unique ways to incorporate lobster into comfort food classics can be more challenging for seafood fans than you think. Combining the subtle sweetness of lobster with something as classic as a bowl of mac and cheese without overpowering any one ingredient presents unique challenges to chefs everywhere.
Lobster restaurants looking to give their customers something new to try and evoke comfort meals from their childhoods remain a delicate balance to walk. Simply putting lobster into your regular mac and cheese recipe isn’t going to cut it in the long term. Finding unique ways to meld flavor profiles together and create something wholly original will help you stand out from the competition.
Seasoning Is Always Important
Mac and cheese is a relatively blank canvas where a skilled chef can impart unique flavors into the mix to create something exceptional. What you had to the base of the macaroni shells goes a long way towards dictating the overall flavor profile of your dish—thoroughly seasoning every aspect of the dish.
Deciding how you want to season your dish helps inform what spices you want to add. While salt and pepper are givens, adding elements like chipotle powder, cajun seasoning, seafood seasoning, or whatever flavors you want to highlight can help make your dish stand out. You can experiment with different spices and herbs to find the one that works best for your personal tastes.
Finding the right balance between your desired seasonings and not overpowering the lobster is something that every chef has to decide for themselves. It’s a balancing act that you achieve through tasting every part of the dish as you go.
It’s All About the Cheese Sauce
The backbone of any excellent lobster macaroni and cheese comes down to the cheese sauce. Everyone has their own preferences for a mac n cheese, but everyone can agree you want to achieve that ooey-gooey consistency to make it the best mac n cheese possible.
The combination of melted butter, cheddar cheese, and gruyere cheese has been a staple in mac n cheese recipes for decades. However, people can mix and match different cheeses based on their preferences and make something no one has seen before. Picking cheeses that play with the subtle sweetness of the lobster without overpowering the delicate meat is something that needs to be monitored.
How Do You Cook Lobster?
Lobster is one of those proteins where it is extremely easy to overcook it and go from that rich texture to bland rubber. Picking — and mastering — one way of cooking lobster meat will help you better incorporate it into your mac and cheese. The most common ways of cooking lobster include broiled, baked, poached, boiled, or grilled.
Each method provides a different texture to the lobster and helps differentiate it from other available proteins. Experimenting with the various techniques can lead you to a result you never considered before and ultimately elevate your lobster mac and cheese.
Taste Lobster Mac and Cheese From the Pros Before Trying Your Own!
The best way to understand how to make an elevated lobster mac and cheese is to try it out for yourself. In Bucks County, PA, and even in Princeton and Cape May, NJ, that means going to La La Lobster! We have the best lobster mac and cheese in the area, using fresh lobsters and local ingredients to make the decadent comfort classic something to rave about. Stop by La La Lobster and order up a lobster bowl today!