Lobster Mac & Cheese

Pair with Estate Chardonnay

Part of our Holiday Pairing Feast

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Yield: 6-8
Active Time: 30 mintues
Total Time: 1 hour


Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for coating the baking dish
  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • 2 teaspoons truffle oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips

Directions:

  • Preheat an oven to 375°F.
  • Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook, according to package directions, until not quite al dente, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain the macaroni and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil and stir very well.
  • Return the saucepan to medium-low heat and melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour, paprika, and mustard powder and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 minutes until a roux forms and no lumps remain.
  • Slowly whisk in milk, cream, and a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and add a pinch of pepper and 1 cup each of the white cheddar and smoked Gouda. Stir until smooth.
  • In a small, separate bowl, combine the remaining shredded cheeses, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • Pour the cheese sauce onto the macaroni and stir in the lobster meat.
  • Transfer the macaroni mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with a 1/4 inch layer of the breadcrumb and cheese mixture. Top with crushed potato chips and bake until the top is lightly browned and the cheese sauce is bubbly, approximately 25-30 minutes.
  • Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

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