Recipe courtesy of Frank Bonanno

Mizuna Lobster Mac N' Cheese

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 40 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Salt

2 (1 1/2-pound) lobsters

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 large shallot, sliced

1/2 cup heavy cream

12 ounces high quality butter, cubed

12 ounces elbow pasta

Lobster shells (from above)

2 cups vegetable oil

1 tablespoon paprika

4 ounces high quality butter

8 ounces mascarpone

Freshly ground white pepper

Chervil, to garnish

Directions

  1. For the lobster:
  2. Separate the tails and claws from the lobster and place the claws in a heat proof container large enough to cover completely with water, do the same with the tails. Bring a large pot of salted water up to a boil and pour over the tails and claws, let the tails sit for 6 minutes and the claws for 8 minutes, remove and plunge into an ice bath. When the lobster parts are cool, remove the meat from the shell. Keep the meat refrigerated and save the shells for the lobster oil.
  3. For the beurre blanc:
  4. Place white wine, vinegar, peppercorns, and shallots in a nonreactive pan and reduce down until au sec (almost dry), add the heavy cream and reduce down by 2/3 and drop in butter slowly, whisking constantly. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and hold warm till ready to use.
  5. For the pasta:
  6. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the elbow pasta for 1 minute less than the package indicates. Drain and cool and hold until ready for use.
  7. For the lobster oil:
  8. Take the bodies from the lobster and place in a pot with 2 cups of vegetable oil and bring up to very hot almost frying and let sit for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon paprika and let sit for 30 minutes and strain through a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter.
  9. In a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the chilled lobster, when the lobster begins to warm add the mascarpone cheese and allow to melt, stirring constantly. Add the macaroni and just warm through and pour in enough of the Beurre Blanc to make it saucy. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste, and serve with chervil garnish and lobster oil.

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