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Send Dad A Father’s Day Lobster Dinner Gift

Maine Lobster Dinner for Father's Day

Looking for an uber cool gift for Dad this Father’s Day?  Whether sharing the day, or sending a gift from afar, what does a good son or daughter gets for a father who thinks he has everything?
Well, think lobster.  That’s what thousands of good children do!
Thanks to a Cape Cod lobster online service, Dad can now go over the top on his big day with a big box of live Maine lobster delivered right to his door.  Whether in California, Colorado or Kansas City, Dad can receive an entire lobster clambake packed up and complete with jumbo live lobster, homemade chowders and freshly harvested steamer clams.  There is even a cook pot available to make the gift complete
A fabulous Fathers Day Lobster Dinner  feast
There are several lobster online services that offer up all size live Maine lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the cool, crisp clean waters off New England.  Right from the lobster boats, onto the dock and into the modern shipping facilities, the lobster are carefully inspected prior to travel.  Only select grade lobster and freshly harvested clams and oysters are chosen to make the trip.
You don’t have to go to Maine
“Each year we ship lobster clambakes to hundreds and hundreds of dads for Father’s Day.  Jumbo Maine lobster – five and six pounds – have been very popular in the last couple of years,” said Wayne Howe, marketing manager for Lobsters-Online.Com.  “We take great delight in the idea that perhaps somewhere in New Mexico, a Father may hear his door bell ring and there stands a delivery driver holding a specially prepared travel cooler full of  lobster that only hours earlier were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. What a super surprise.”
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The New England Lobster Clambake is a tradition older than America itself. According to historical lore, the pilgrims first learned about the lobster from Native Americans. The pilgrims watched Native Americans gather lobster, clams, mussels and fish and prepare them on the beach.
The Fathers Day lobster dinner clambake features live lobster, Ipswich steamer clams, mussels and Cape Cod clam chowder along with an optional enamel steel cooking pot.  Jumbo five and six pound lobsters are a treat for Dads who really love their lobster.  The 1.5 pound lobster is a favorite for cooking on the grill.  Available fresh lobster tails make any party better. Recipes and information on how to steam lobster are free.
All live lobsters are shipped for overnight delivery.  The lobster and seafood are carefully placed in special insulated cartons.  Individual compartments protect the live lobster from harming one another during their flight. The cooler is packed with gel ice packs and wet seaweed. And best of all, an order placed online by 2:30 p.m. EST can be part of a feast anywhere in the USA the very next day.  Saturday delivery is available in most areas.

© Wayne Howe 2018

 

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Mother’s Day Maine Lobster Benedict Brunch Recipe

Mothers Day Lobster Benedict Recipe

Coming fast,  Mother’s Day 2022 is May 8th this year.  So this time begin Mom’s special day with a Mother’s Day lobster brunch of homemade fresh Maine Lobster Benedict, a beautiful dish that is sure to make your Mother’s Day celebration very special indeed.  As we like to say, flowers are great, but a Mother’s Day gift of lobster just tastes better.

The Maine Lobster Benedict recipe begins with fresh Maine lobster.  You will need five one-pound lobsters to garner 1 pound of cooked lobster meat.  You steam the lobster as usual and use a large chef’s knife to open the claws and tail to remove the meat.  Of, if you prefer, you can buy one pound of freshly cooked Maine lobster meat.  Just make sure the lobster is fresh.

The Maine Lobster Benedict recipe will provide four servings for a great Mother’s Day Brunch.  The recipe includes preparing homemade Hollandaise Sauce:

Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup (1/4 pound) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
Other Ingredients
  • 4 English muffins
  • 12 asparagus spears, steamed
  • 1 pound cooked Maine lobster
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 eggs, poached
Prepare the Hollandaise Sauce: 
  • Melt the butter in a double-boiler on top of the stove.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper.
  • Whisk the egg mixture into the melted butter, stirring constantly over heat until the sauce starts to thicken.
  •  Season to taste with sea salt.
  • Remove the double boiler from the heat and keep the sauce warm over the hot water.

Prepare Maine Lobster Benedict:

  • Split and toast the English muffins and place 2 halves on a plate.
  •  Cut the steamed asparagus spears in half, and place 3 halve-pieces on each English part of the English muffin.
  • Briefly sauté the pre-cooked lobster in 1 tablespoon of butter until it is heated, and add a portion of the heated lobster to each English muffin.
  • Poach the eggs and top each muffin half with a poached egg.
  • Add a dollop of the Hollandaise Sauce on top.

Note on the Hollandaise Sauce from Chef Tom Gutow: If the butter fat and egg yolks separate and the sauce appear to curdle, add a few tablespoons of  hot water from the boiler and whisk like crazy to emulsify it. This will make the sauce smooth again. 

© Wayne Howe 2020
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Traditional Steamed Maine Lobster Recipe

Steamed Maine Lobster

STEAMED MAINE LOBSTER RECIPE

Outdoor cooking season leaves lobster chefs with the decision of either steaming or boiling lobster. The easiest way to cook, serve, and pick clean Maine Lobster is by boiling it. When it comes to steaming, this often gives the best results for eating. With a more gentle process of cooking lobster meat, steaming preserves its flavor and tenderness. This cooking technique makes it difficult to overcook the meat and can be forgiving with timing.  Don’t wait to try this traditional steamed Maine lobster recipe.

How Long to Steam Maine Lobster Recipe? 

Lobster steamer kettle

Traditional Lobster Kettle

The first step is to obtain some freshly caught old shell Maine lobster that is available up to 2.5 pounds. Older shell lobsters are usually stronger and healthier with more meat than new shell lobster. When you choose the lobster that’s right for your meal use a big four to five-gallon kettle or pot with a tight lid and a bottom steaming rack. This size pot should be able to easily handle up to eight pounds of lobster. When placing the lobsters in the pot make sure to not crowd to avoid uneven results.

Begin cooking by adding two to three inches of sea water to cover the bottom of the pot. If you don’t have access to the Atlantic Ocean you can use filtered fresh water and add lots of sea salt; one to two tablespoons per quart.

Place the steaming rack inside the pot and use high heat to bring the water to a roiling boil. If you wish, you may remove the rubber lobster claw bands. One at a time, place the live lobster head first into the pot and cover. Start timing the lobster and do not overcook.

Lobster Steaming Times (Old Shell Weight)

  • 1 pound, 8-10 minutes
  • 1 ¼ pounds, 10-12 minutes
  • 1 ½ pounds, 12-14 minutes
  • 1 ¾ pounds, 15-17 minutes
  • 2 pounds, 16-18 minutes
  • 2 ½ pounds, 18-20 minutes
  • 3 pounds, 20-30 minutes
  • 5 pounds, 35-45 (or more) minutes

*If you’re using new shell lobster reduce time by 3 minutes.

Halfway through the allotted cook time, open the lid and move the lobster around in the pot. Shifting is important for an even cook. You may add a little more water if necessary. To determine when the lobsters are fully cooked the lobster shell will be bright red and the meat white.

What’s the best way to tell when the lobsters are done?

Large lobsters’ shell can be red but may not be fully cooked and lobsters on top of the pot may not have cooked as quickly as the ones on the bottom. A great way to see if your lobster is done is to give one of the lobster antennae a pull while in the steamer pot. If the antenna pops off it’s a good indicator of being fully cooked. You can also use tongs to remove one lobster and cut a small slice at the bottom of the tail to see if the meat is fully white.

Allow steamed lobster to drain for a minute since it will continue to cook for a minute even after it’s taken out of the pot. When setting a time keep this in mind to avoid overcooking. You may pierce the body and tail with a knife to help drain the water. Then serve right away with a side of melted butter and a slice of lemon.

© Wayne Howe 2018

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