Alternatively, Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville is a James Beard Award winner for its lobster dishes, or for some fine dining elegance visit top-notch Maine restaurants like Fore Street in Portland and Primo in Rockland.
Boiling and steaming are the methods of choice when serving whole lobsters. Boiling is a little quicker and easier to time precisely, and the meat comes out of the shell more readily than when steamed.
Take a look at our recipe for Grilled Lobster Quesadillas (from Eddy Lobster Company) for the ultimate DIY lobster feast:
2 cups Teleme cheese
2 cups jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons cilantro
6 quarts water
1 Tablespoon salt
4 Maine lobsters, 1-pound each
8 flour tortillas
Combine the cheeses, green onion, and cilantro. Set aside. In a very large stockpot, over high heat, bring 6 quarts water to a boil and add one-tablespoon salt. Add the Maine Lobsters to the boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove the lobsters, drain and cool. Remove the claws and pull the meat from the shell, cut through the head and tail lengthwise and pull out the tail meat in 2 whole pieces. Season the tail and claw meat with salt and pepper and set aside.
Preheat the grill to medium hot. Rub the Maine Lobster meat with the compound butter – do not leave too much excess or it will burn when cooking. Let it sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, place the cut sides of the lobster facing down on the grill and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over and cook for one more minute or until the lobster meat is opaque, about 3 minutes. Slice the lobster pieces into medallions and keep warm.
To make the quesadilla, brush the outside of the tortilla with butter. Place buttered side down on a flat griddle. Spread ½ cup of cheese on half the tortilla, top with the grilled lobster. Fold the empty side on top of the cheese-covered side and griddle until golden brown. Flip the quesadilla over and griddle on the other side. Remove from heat, let sit for 1 minute, and then cut into wedges.
Written by Cheryl Fenton
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