Lobster Mac-N-Cheese

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Lobster Mac-N-Cheese

Audrey McGinnis

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Poblano peppers
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ lb. aged white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ lb. smoke cheddar, shredded
  • ½ lb. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Romano cheese, shredded
  • 1 ½ cup butter, plus 3 Tbs.
  • ½ lb. medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ lb. lobster tail, peeled
  • ½ lb. sea scallops
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 3 cups whole milk, plus 1 cup
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 16 oz. medium sized pasta shells, cooked per pkg. directions (make sure to salt the water)

Directions:

Roast peppers over open flame, grill or in high heat oven till charred.  Rub off most of black char and chop peppers (make sure to remove stem, membrane and seeds before chopping.) Set aside.

Heat 3 Tbs. butter in a 5 qt. stock pot.  Cook over medium-low heat until butter browns; approx. 7-9 minutes.  Do not stain out brown bits.  Add onions and shallots and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring to make sure the garlic does not burn.  Add peppers and mix well.  Using a slotted spoon, remove mixture and set aside.

Add remaining 1 ½ cup butter to same pot and melt.  Add lobster and shrimp and cook over low heat till shrimp turn light pink…..make sure to flip shrimp and lobster after 2 minutes, so they are cooked evenly.  Remove fish and add scallops.  Cook scallops for 3 minutes per side.  Remove scallops and add to lobster/shrimp.  Set aside.

Sift in flour to remaining butter in pot.  Whisk well to incorporate.  Continue whisking and cook for 3 minutes.  Add Cayenne, Old Bay, salt and pepper and continue whisking for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Slowly pour 3 cups of milk into flour/butter mixture and whisk till completely incorporated and there are no lumps.  Add cheeses and stir till almost completely melted.

Cut fish into 1 ½ inch pieces and add to cheese sauce.  Add drained pasta to pot and mix well.  Pour in additional 1 cup of milk and stir.

Lightly spray a 13X9 baking dish with non-stick spray.  Pour Mac-n-cheese into dish and sprinkle with Panko bread crumbs.

Place in oven on second to the bottom rack and turn oven on to High broil.  Broil for 3-4 minutes or until bread crumbs turn golden brown.

Serve.

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