WATCH FRESH FROM FLORIDA RECIPE: Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese
By Space Coast Daily // October 18, 2023
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Fresh From Florida shows you how to make Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese.
■ 1 pound Florida spiny lobster, cooked and cut into medium-sized chunks
■ 3 large Florida tomatoes, sliced
■ 1 pound pasta (your favorite shape) cooked
■ 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
■ 2 large garlic cloves, minced
■ 1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine
■ 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
■ 3 cups milk, at room temperature
■ 1 1/2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (or your favorite)
■ 1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated (or your favorite)
■ 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
■ 1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped fine
■ 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
■ 1 cup panko
■ 1 tablespoon olive oil
■ 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
■ Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Place 4 tablespoons melted butter in a saucepot over medium-low heat, add garlic and onion, and cook until onion is translucent.
Next, whisk in flour and cook flour for several minutes.
Carefully pour in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Continue to cook and whisk until sauce is smooth and thick enough to coat a spoon.
Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in cheese, a handful at a time. Season cheese sauce with mustard, chives, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, to taste.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cheese sauce and cooked pasta then fold in chopped lobster. Lightly spray a baking dish with pan release spray. Pour pasta mixture into baking dish.
Arrange sliced tomatoes on top of the pasta mixture.
In a small bowl, combine panko, olive oil and parsley and sprinkle over the tomatoes.
Bake the lobster-tomato mac & cheese in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 10 to 20 minutes or until topping is crisp and cheese sauce is bubbly.
Let cool slightly before serving.
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