Christmas Eve Baked Stuffed Lobster Recipe Dazzling with Pine Nuts, Dried Apricots and Rosemary

Looking to wow the family with your traditional Christmas Eve lobster dinner?  Try this baked-stuffed lobster recipe dazzling with pine nuts, dried apricots and rosemary for a fantastic gourmet holiday feast.

Christmas Eve baked stuffed Maine Lobster
Christmas Eve Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster

Make sure you start with ocean fresh lobster from Maine.  Order for home delivery from your favorite online lobster delivery service.  Then gather up the following ingredients.

Let’s Get Ready:

  • 4 1 ½ lb Live Maine lobsters
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup finely diced dried apricots
  • 10 oz. brioche, cut into ¾” cubes
  • 1 ½ cups diced celery, diced onion, diced fennel
  • Dash dried red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 sprigs rosemary

Let’s Start Cooking: 

In a large (16-quart) cook pot, bring 3 cups of water to a roiling boil. Place lobsters one at a time head first into the pot and cover tightly with lid. Cook for seven (7) minutes, making sure to stir the lobster once or twice. Remove the lobsters and set aside and let cool.  Save the liquid in the pot.  Once cool, use a large chef knife to open the claws and remove the meat. Set meat aside and discard the shells. Twist the body from the tail and slice open the body and remove the insides leaving just the outer shell.  Remove the legs from the body shell. Save the shell. Use chef’s scissors to cut the outer edges of the underside of the tail and remove the meat. Discard the cut tail shell piece and save the tail shell. Clean the lobster meat over a bowl to save the juices.  Strain 3 cups of the liquid from the pot into the bowl.  Dice all the lobster meat except for four of the claws.  Leave  4 of the 8 claws whole.

Prepare the stuffing

Bring oven to 350 degrees and toast the brioche until golden brown, about seven to 10 minutes. In a large sauté pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and apricots and cook, stirring frequently. Cook until apricots have darkened and the pine nuts have toasted to deep brown.  Add in the onion, celery and fennel and stir. Cook for three to five minutes until the celery begins to soften.  Add the red pepper flake, fresh ground pepper, parsley and a pinch of salt.  Add the toasted brioche and toss the mixture.  Add three cups of the reserved liquid and combine with mixture.  Cook over low heat until the bread has absorbed the liquid, about three to five minutes.  Add the diced lobster meat to the mixture and toss to combine.  Keep the stuffing warm.

Position the Lobster Shells

Next position the lobster tail shells and body shells on a sheet tray.  Fill each shell with a generous portion of the warm stuffing.  Place the rosemary aside each shell.  Pre-heat broiler to medium-high and cook for seven to 10 minutes until golden brown.  Then add the four claws, one atop each lobster, and cook one more minute.  Serve immediately.

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A Traditional Christmas Eve Baked Stuffed Lobster Tail Recipe Sure to Please

For families all across the country, the traditional Christmas Eve dinner is celebrated with lobster as either the main course or a first course. This year, for many chefs,  baked stuffed lobster tails will take center stage.

Here is a traditional baked stuffed lobster tail recipe, courtesy of Chef Christopher Russel of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Russell is a former Maine Lobster Council Chef of the Year.

 

 

Plan on one  1-1/2  pound-lobster per person, or if convenience dictates,  fresh or frozen lobster tails may be purchased instead of whole live lobster.

INGREDIENTS:

(4 servings, cook time 20 minutes,  preparation 25 minutes, total meal in 45 minutes)

4 live Maine lobsters, each 1-1/2 pounds *
8 Tablespoons butter
2 Cups finely chopped onions (about 2 medium)
4 Tablespoons  fresh parsley finely chopped
2 Teaspoons Old Bay seafood seasoning
4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 Cups Ritz crackers crumbled (6 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:

Boil salted water in a large kettle or pot. Cook the whole lobsters for 5 minutes. Remove lobsters and place in an ice water tub to cool.  Crack and pick the meat from the claws, knuckles and body. Chop lobster meat into bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Split the tails lengthwise down the center with a sharp knife, being sure to keep the shell-side of the lobsters facing up. Make sure to keep the shells intact. Remove the tail meat from the shell and remove the intestinal track from the meat. Then carefully insert the whole tail meat back into the shell.

For the stuffing, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion. Sauté until soft. Stir in the parsley, Old Bay seasoning and lemon juice. Remove the skillet from heat and let cool. Stir in the chopped lobster claw and knuckle meat. Gently add in the cracker crumbs and stir. Using a spoon, add the the stuffing into the lobster tails. Refrigerate the lobster tails until ready to bake. When ready, preheat the oven to 425-degrees .  Bake the tails until the stuffing is golden and crisp,  about 15 – 20 minutes. Serve immediately with wedges of lemon and let the dinner party begin!

NUTRITIONAL:

Per serving:

658 calories

46 grams protein

37 grams carbohydrates

36 grams fat

1196 mg. sodium

2 grams fiber

* Instead of whole lobster, the dish may also be prepared with frozen Maine lobster tails. Boil water and just blanch the tails and carefully remove the meat, leaving the shell intact. Substitute 16 ounces of raw Maine crab meat or shrimp instead of the lobster knuckle and claw meat. Sauté the crab meat or shrimp with the onion and finish preparing the stuffing and the lobster tails as directed.5

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Mothers Day Lobster Dinner Tradition Goes the Distance

 

Every year  Henry Johnson would take his mother out for a Mothers Day lobster dinner.  But this year, Mom is retired and living 1300 miles away in Naples,Florida.   Getting together on Mother’s Day was not going to be possible.
mothers day may 10th 2015
Johnson said he needed a way to keep the Mothers Day lobster-dinner tradition going.
So Johnson went online to see if he could find a seafood restaurant in Naples offering gift certificates.   But knowing his mother, Lillian Johnson, was a lobster gourmet, he was not sure he could find a restaurant offering the jumbo lobster his mother preferred.
The web search for a lobster-dinner gift certificate delivered a surprising result, according to Johnson. His Google page yielded a Cape Cod, Massachusetts Lobster delivery service that offered to send fresh, live Maine Lobster overnight to Naples, Florida.   And not just any lobster, but jumbo Maine Lobster.  The delivery service – Lobsters-Online.Com — also offered freshly harvested steamer clams and oysters.
Johnson said he was “thrilled” with the idea of sending his seafood loving mother a box of live Maine lobster on Mother’s Day.
After a few minutes of shopping the web site, Johnson selected two four-pound lobsters, a bushel of steamers and the Lobster Trap Co. homemade style Lobster Bisque. The Lobsters-Online.Com service offered a satisfaction guarantee, which was important to Johnson.
“What could be a better surprise,” Johnson said.  “Mom will be sitting at home, and the door bell will ring, and a box of live lobster will be delivered right to her door.”
Johnson said his mother is one of those Lobster aficionados who grew up in Maine, went to school in Boston and raised a family in Connecticut.  His mother’s only complaint about Florida has been that it is difficult to obtain locally fresh New England Lobster and shellfish.
“Mom knows how to cook and eat a lobster like a professional,” Johnson said. “She knows how to make lobster butter with the lobster roe and how to twist the small legs and flippers to get the even the small meat out.”
Sending live lobster on Mother’s Day, Johnson said, will go a long way toward keeping their Mother’s Day lobster dinner tradition going.
Lobsters-Online.Com has been serving up Mother’s Day lobster gift boxes for more than a decade.  Every lobster gift box includes only select-grade lobster fresh from the clean, crisp waters of New England.  The lobsters are placed in boxes with special individual compartments to protect them in transit.  The special box is placed inside a frozen-gel packed cooler and layered with wet seaweed.  The package is then shipped FedEx overnight delivery to ensure the lobster arrives fresh, alive and healthy.
Lobster gift boxes may be ordered by 2:30 p.m. EST for next day delivery.  Delivery is available Tuesday through Saturday.
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Try This Tuscan Style Grilled Lobster Recipe for Father’s Day

Everyone who has ever been to Tuscany has fallen in love with its history, charm, and, of course, its FOOD!  Italian Tuscan style recipes have made their way all over — even to Cape Cod — so try this Tuscan Style grilled lobster recipe just in time for Father’s Day 2014.

Visitors to Italy often learn that the Italian food they eat there often does not look, or taste, the same as it does back home.  But the regional distinctions and flavors of Italy often translate very well to dishes prepared using our wonderful New England seafood.  From a Boston fine dining Ristorante to a seacoast resort, New Englanders love their seafood prepared with the flavors of Italy.

We are fortunate to have Chef Dan from the Lobster Trap Restaurant in Bourne, Mass share his recipe for Tuscan Style grilled whole lobster.  This Italian style dish has been given just the right Cape Cod touch.  Be sure to start with fresh, live hard-shell whole lobster.  Preparing whole live lobster for the grill can be a bit intimidating for first timers, but trust us, the results are worth it.  So go ahead and try Chef Dan’s Tuscan Style grilled lobster recipe.  And enjoy!.

Tuscan Style Grilled Lobster Recipe for Father’s Day

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New England Folks Love Their Lobster Wherever They Live

Feb. 25, 2013 — Lobsters-Online starts the New Year with a deep breath as the prior Christmas and New Year holiday period is our busiest time of the year for shipping live lobster.  During the six-week holiday period folks from all over the country use the lobster shipping service to order New England seafood for their dinner celebrations. From Michigan to Florida, Georgia to California, the orders were shipped to families in every state in the country.

Just wanted to send a note of appreciation as we close out 2011 with another great lobster, shellfish, seafood dinner. — Don P., Parker Colorado

Many Lobsters-Online customers are what we affectionately term ex-patriots, or more narrowly, former residents of New England.  And while they have left the Northeast and have ended up living in various places, all these people have one thing in common. They miss their Maine lobster, shellfish and other New England seafood treats.

Jumbo lobster on dinner plate
Maine Lobster Dinner

Lobsters-Online always enjoys when we hear back from our former New England natives.  Today seemed like a good time to share a few of their much appreciated comments:

“I recently ordered two 5 lb lobsters for my husbands 65th birthday.  I have to tell you that he was very surprised and they were absolutely excellent.  We are both from Connecticut and now live in Florida.  Floridians have no idea what real lobster is until they try Maine lobster.  You gave us not only a wonderful meal but brought back memories of New England.  I have put your name on Facebook to all my friends so you will be getting more orders.  Thank you so much.  And Happy New Year.” – Maxine D,Spring Hill Florida. 

“Just wanted to send a note of appreciation as we close out another great
lobster, shellfish, seafood dinner. This is either our third or fourth order in just
this past year and your products and services are consistently excellent. My
wife is a native New England “coastie” and these meals go a long way toward keeping
the beatings (on me)  to a minimum for my dragging her to Colorado. Have a great New Year.” —  Don P., Colorado 

“Just a note to thank you again for taking such great care with my order this past Christmas season. I have been sending a gift to my parents for several years from your company.  However, this year they were absolutely thrilled as I sent them live lobster, and your New England lobster chowder. Thank you for taking such good care … start to finish. It is so nice to know that you continue to do an incredible job.” — Steve L., Tampa Bay, Florida 

“This is our third year ordering from your service.  This year we ordered the jumbo lobster tails for Christmas Eve dinner along with your chowders.  The tails were big, fresh and delicious.  We baked and stuffed them with crab following my mother’s recipe.  She is from Maine, and knows good lobster when she sees it.  A good time was had by all.  Thank you again for your service.”  — Annette P., Punta Gorda, Florida. 

 

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Traditional Gourmet Lobster Fare a Popular Maritime Heritage

Traditional gourmet lobster fare based on popular recipes gathered from towns all along coastal Maine are proving very popular with Lobsters-Online customers this Christmas season.  Many of the prepared dishes are  filled with naturally sweet Maine lobster meat, the most preferred lobster meat in the world.  From the contemporary Lobster Ravioli to the traditional lobster bisque, every ingredient in the dish is picked for its quality and ability to complement the succulent taste of Maine lobster.

lobster ravioli plate
Gourmet Lobster Ravioli

All this means that cuisine that once could only be enjoyed in coastal New England is now available for dinner tables everywhere in the country.

And for gift giving, nothing says “Made in America”  more than the locally prepared gourmet dishes made with same pride of tradition found in generations of Maine lobster fishermen. By purchasing these dishes, people are supporting an entire community’s maritime heritage.

Some of the most popular this December holiday season include these fine seafood meals:

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woman surprised by jumbo lobster dinner
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Founded in 1997, Lobsters-Online.Com has served thousands and thousands of satisfied customers.  Many of our customers order from us two or three times a year.  It is because of you, our loyal customers that we have continued to grow each and every year providing millions of pounds of lobster and seafood to a hungry crowd.

We thank you for your business over the years and we welcome you to review your experiences.  We love hearing from our customers about how their dinner guests enjoyed the lobster or how surprised Mom or Dad were to receive a lobster dinner gift.

We especially enjoy hearing about how Lobsters-Online made the holidays more fun, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  We also have learned over the years how our customers celebrate during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day with all the makings for a great lobster clambake.  And having live Maine lobster delivered to a favorite vacation spot has become another popular customer tradition.

We welcome you to share an idea, provide a review of our service or tell us if you tried one of our lobster recipes and liked it.  Or just share with us if you have recommended Lobsters-Online.Com to a friend, co-worker or relative.  You may also want to go social and Like us on our Facebook page. We’d like that, too!

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Maine Christmas Lobster Tradition Stands 60 Feet Tall

When Christmas lights and other decorations appear on houses and yards along the famous Maine lobster coast, another strictly Maine lobster tradition occurs. Lobster traps are stacked high on land in the shape of a Christmas tree and are decorated with Christmas lights and become the centerpiece of holiday festivals.

Lobster is considered one of the most popular celebration foods in the country, and the Maine lobster dinner is especially popular during the holidays.  A million pounds or more of live Maine lobster harvested by fisherman from these coastal towns are shipped all over the country between Thanksgiving and New Years.  So it is only natural that towns that provide the fishermen that catch  the popular holiday food should do something special with the tools of the trade.  In one town,  more than a thousand lobster traps were used to create a lobster trap Christmas tree.

A Christmas Tree made of lobster traps stands 60 feet high in Beals Maine
Lobster Trap Christmas Tree. Courtesy Bangor Daily News

According to the Bangor Daily News (BDN),  a 60 foot Lobster Trap Christmas Tree stands  in Beals at the Moosabec Reach from Jonesport.  The traps are  decorated and topped with buoys arranged in the form of a cross.

Another lobster trap Christmas tree stands in Rockland and is more than 30 feet tall and features an  an illuminated lobster.

Building a Lobster Trap Christmas Tree
Building a 60 foot Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in Beals, ME

According to BDN, the two Maine municipalities are like countless other places across the country that erect large Christmas trees in public gathering spots. Only instead of using actual trees, they use decorated lobster traps.

The display in Rockland has been erected every year since 2003. This is the second year the people of  Jonesport and Beals  have decided to get into the act and build one. The Beals’ lobster trap tree consists of 1,364 traps, nearly twice as many as the number they used in 2010. It took roughly a week to build.

According to the locals, serving lobster for celebrations or during the holidays is a tradition older than America itself.  The lobster  trap Christmas tree is just another way to celebrate the tradition.

A television segment about the Lobster trap Christmas trees  is scheduled to be aired on The Learning Channel at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

 

Is Lobster the food of Romantics on Valentine’s Day?

Is Lobster the food of  Romantics on Valentine’s Day?   According to a  recent Harris poll of more than 1,000 adults, the answer is a resounding “yes. “

More than 42 percent of adults responded that they  consider Valentines Day lobster the most romantic of all meals.

A spokesman was quoted by the study explaining that  “Lobster is the perfect dish for a Romantic, or Special Occasion dinner out. It is an exotic delicacy that results in an intimate moment between loved ones because Lobster is hand-held and shareable. Shellfish, especially lobster, is a catalyst for connection like no other food.”

Oysters are delicacies that are also traditionally served as part of a  romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  Oysters are thought to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures. Perhaps that is why these delicate shellfish are the perfect choice for Valentines Day dinners. Raw oysters on the half shell with ice cold champagne makes the perfect appetizer.

Tradition  holds that on this most amorous of holidays, lovers often enjoy two or three freshly prepared live lobster or a jumbo — four pounds or larger lobster — can be shared.  Also popular as a  main dish is split, grilled lobster tails.

Avoid the Rush and Stay Home Valentine’s Day

So while everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say “No.” Instead, enjoy a Valentine dinner at home with a love fest of the best lobster and oysters in the world:  the Maine Lobster and New England Oysters.  Today live lobster can be shipped overnight right from Maine to anywhere in the United States.  So take advantage and Cupid will be proud.

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