Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lobster




Last weekend, the kids and I bought two cute little lobsters to cook up. OK, the kids didn't think they were so cute, they were creeped out by their insect-like appearance. After seeing them, Colin hid in the corner of the kitchen for a good 10 minutes. I've only cooked live lobsters at home once before and I'll admit I was squeemish about it and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as when it arrives fully red and dead at a restaurant. But this time, I wasn't grossed out at all, and I liked that our kids saw the process of something living being cooked and eaten, instead of just coming in a package. And did I mention how yummy it was. Mmmmmm, it was so good. And so easy! Here's what we did:

We bought small lobsters about 1 and 1/2 lb. each (you'll need to adjust cooking times for bigger lobsters, see below.)

Fill a large pot with about 1 inch of water and 1 T. salt. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add lobsters and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes until they are bright red. Add 2-3 minutes for every 1/4 lb. increase in weight (2 lbs. for 20 minutes, 2 1/2 lbs. for 25, etc . . .)

Remove from pan and let drain on a plate for a minute before serving. (As you crack the claws and pull off the tail, more water might drain out, so you might want to do this before serving.)

Serve with lemon butter for dipping. We ate them with a good crusty bread and a simple green salad. YUM-YUM!

10 comments:

Mom in Mendon said...

Fun to see you cooking together, but I think I'm with Colin. :)

daisy said...

I hope Shayne doesn't see your blog, he loves lobsters.....to eat that is! And I'm am not about to venture into something like that. Erin you are brave!

liz said...

erin! you look so cute. btw I have the same shirt and it's been one of my fav's!

Rodgers Family said...

What a great post! I know what you mean about showing your kids where food comes from, although I must admit I like my meat all chopped up and wraped in plasitc srap.

Shayne said...

Colin is doing a great Alvy to your Annie Hall there in the kitchen.

Carrie said...

I'm going to take your word for it here. This is a situation that will NEVER take place in my house. :/

jared said...

awesome pic of jonah.

jordan said...

I love the look on Jonah's face.

Elizabeth said...

your kids ate lobster? Impressive...how do you teach your kids to eat that kind of stuff after they see it alive?

robin k said...

I cooked live lobster ONCE - that was enough for me. You and Colin look cute!