I decided to have a real treat for New Years’ Dinner – lobster tails. Neither one of us had eaten lobster in a long time so I thought it would be a tasty way to ring in 2012. I ordered them from Anderson Seafoods and I was not disappointed. I also made homemade lemon pepper fettuccine.
The pasta was quick and easy to make; I just made a batch of basic fettuccine, boiled it for about a minute and drained it. I saved a bit of the pasta water. I put an egg in 1/3 cup of milk and I mixed it thoroughly. I added the zest of a lemon and a goodly amount of fresh ground pepper (probably close to a teaspoon) and 1/2 tsp salt. Just as I was plating I added this to the hot pasta, stirred it around and put the lid on the pot and let it sit. The egg and milk made a nice coating on the noodles. I did need to add a little bit of the pasta water just before serving. I topped it with some freshly ground pepper.
The lobster tails were simple to cook.
I didn’t want to take away from their sweet taste so I put them in a double layer of foil with some water and steam baked them in a 350° oven for 15 minutes. They came out perfectly! The last thing you want to do is overcook lobster – you end up with a piece of rubber.
Instead of butter I served garlic infused olive oil. Earlier in the day I had grated two cloves of garlic and put them into about a quarter cup of good extra virgin olive oil with salt to taste. I warmed it very gently on the stove just until heated through, then I just let it sit until I was ready to serve dinner. I wanted a hint of garlic but not an overpowering taste of garlic. Just enough to enhance the lobster.
I served the hubby maple/mustard carrots and I had the ever present green beans. It made for a truly wonderful meal. The lobster was delicious – it tasted fresh and it was nice and sweet. We finished our first meal of the new year with some homemade cherry sorbet.
I think it was a perfect way to begin 2012!
Disclosure: I paid for the lobster tails from Anderson Seafoods but the post does contain affiliate links.