With the Fourth of July just days away, the outdoor entertaining season with fresh Maine lobster is moving into full swing. With the lobster menu decided upon, the question that always comes up is what are the best wine and lobster pairings?
First of all, let’s answer the question that is most asked. No, you can not serve red wine with lobster. The tannin in red wine and the iodine in lobster will react, overpowering the delicate flavor of the lobster, giving the meat a metallic taste. Therefore, no red wine, not even Beaujolais or other kind of low-tannin red should be served. The Gamay of even a subtle red will over power the lobster. The only exception is Lobster fra Diavolo, when Chianti is the only choice. But that discussion is for another day.
Today we are entertaining outdoors and a traditional steamed lobster dinner is on the menu. So what wines are most enjoyable?
I will start out by saying beware of serving robust white wines such as the new types of Chardonnay that have overly vibrant fruit flavoring. The natural saltiness of lobster, as with any seafood, will amplify the flavor of a big fruity Chardonnay. So unless you are grilling your lobster, go with a Chardonnay that is gently touched with fruit, and mostly un-oaked.
Pouilly-fuisse & Lobster
For us, we prefer steamed lobster with a white burgundy such as Louis Jadot Pouilly-fuissé (2008 $18.99). This wine has wonderful Chardonnay flavors, minerals and just a bare touch of oak. The perfect pairing for enjoying the sweet, delicate taste of warm lobster dipped in melted lobster butter.
The first course should be Wellfleet oysters. They must be shucked and served as an appetizer. On a large platter covered with plenty of ice, arrange the oysters in circles with traditional New England red cocktail sauce, lemons and horse radish … the only way to serve oysters.
What wine to pair with raw oysters?
The world’s perfect oyster must be served with the perfect Champagne. We enjoy Taittinger Champagne La Francaise ($27.99). This sparkling wine has a high blend of Chardonnay grapes to yield a balance of stone fruit and crisp hints of bread crust. One sip of chilled Champagne, followed immediately by a world famous Wellfleet oyster, and your taste buds will explode. Trust me, you will love it.
Champagne & Oysters
The steamers and chowder should be served as the second course well before the lobster and paired with a zesty Chardonnay. I enjoy pairing the clams with La Crema Montery Chardonnay (2009 $20.00). This is a wine with its own fresh mineral notes and tropical aromas of lemon that will nicely pair with the sweet, ocean flavor of the steamer clams. Just chill the wine and serve.
Chardonnay & Steamers
Wellfleet Oysters and TaittingerChampagne; La Crema Chardonnay and Maine steamer clams (or shrimp); and of course, Louis Jadot Pouilly-fuissé and lobster; sweet, fresh lobster will all contribute to a memorable outdoor dining experience. The perfect pairings of three wines with three courses of all the best seafood New England has to offer will have your dinner guests abuzz. Believe us when we say, it does not get any better than this.
Just let us know what time we should be there for dinner.
How is a number-one son or daughter going to be uber cool with a 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!
Send Dad a lively lobster this Father’s Day!
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
The service, Lobsters-Online.Com, offers up all size liveMainelobster 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 Lobsters-Online.com 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 USAthe very next day.
Are you ready to enjoy your Maine Lobster? Here’s a few tips on how to eat a whole Maine Lobster and have you looking like a seafood aficionado in no time.
First gather up a nutcracker (or pliers), a small fork and nut pick. After molting, a lobster will have a soft shell and be pliable. If you have a hard shell lobster, a pair of lobster scissors will make short work of cracking the claws and getting the meat out.
Before serving it is best to let a boiled or steamed lobster drain for a minute. It’s a good idea to pierce the tail at the chest of the body with a chef’s knife to allow water to drain faster. Serve the lobster hot.
A bib is recommended when cracking as you can never tell when some water is likely to spray out right onto your shirt. Make sure you have plenty of towels, too. Melt the butter and slice up some lemon. Put the bib on and you are ready.
Hold the body of the lobster with one hand and twist the claw off with the other. The claw will break off where it connects to the body.
Crack each claw along its length with the nut cracker or cut with the lobster shell open with the lobster scissors. Remove the meat from the claws by pushing the meat out from the end of the claw with the small fork or pick.
Grab the lobster body again and twist the tail from the body. Pull the flippers from the tail. Crack the tail along its length and push the meat out from one end with the fork. Remove the tail meat in one piece and discard the vein that runs along the length. Next pick the meat from the flippers.
Twist the small legs from the body and remove the meat from the legs with the pick. You can also choose to squeeze the meat from the legs with your teeth.
Next separate the shell from the body by pulling the shell apart on the underside. The shell will disconnect from the body exposing the tenderest meat of the lobster. Remove and discard the green substance called the tomalley. Remove the meat from the body and leg joints with a pick.
The rest of the lobster should be discarded.
Note: If found, the roe (red female eggs) are often considered a delicacy and used to make lobster butter or is used in the stuffing for baked stuffed lobster.
A recent Harris Poll of 1,000 adults asked the question, “Is lobster the food of Romantics on Valentine’s Day?” More than 42 percent answered with a resounding “Yes.”
For a long as people can remember, it has always been a tradition that many people consider lobster the most romantic of all meals. Lobster is often the dish of choice for celebrations and holidays and now we know it extends to romance.
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.”
Valentines Day Lobster Dinner
Oysters are traditional delicacies that are also served as part of a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Oysters are known to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures. A good reason 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.
Lobsters this year can be ordered online and are available for delivery anywhere in the united states on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.
While the New England Lobster feast is a year round tradition older than America itself, New England seafood was a part of the first Thanksgiving. According to historical lore, the pilgrims first learned about the lobster from Native Americans.
In a letter home to England in 1621, the Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote of how they fished, hunted and brought in the harvest to set out a feast for the entire pilgrim company and guests, including the Indian King Massasoit and 90 Indians. Winslow wrote that the feast lasted for five days. The Winslow letter was published in England in 1622 causing great excitement and helping to start the tradion of a Thanksgiving feast.
So while turkey has center stage today, the pilgrims first feast gave the lobster clambake a starring role with the turkey. For many New Englanders, the lobster is an alternative part of Thanksgiving.
The story is told about how seven Nationally known Boston Chefs eschewed the turkey one year and took the pilgrim lobster tradition to their Thanksgiving Holiday table. An article in Food and Wine Magazine published more than a decade ago tells the story of how the chef’s and their families got together at Lydia Shire’s (Biba, Towne Stove) farmhouse home in Weston, Massachusetts and created a “potluck extravaganza” to revolutionize Thanksgiving dinner.
Chef Todd English (Olives, Figs) brought the lobster and served it in its shell with a warm, creamy nutmeg vinaigrette and a chestnut puree. Every chef contributed, including Jody Adams (Rialto), Gordon Hamersley (Hammersley Bistro), Susan Regis (Biba), Chris Schlesinger (East Coast Grill), and Jasper White (Jaspers, Summer Shack). The menu included the lobster, cod, oysters, pumpkin soup, turkey and more.
While this menu would be overwhelming for most home kitchens, the tradition of holiday feasts with all the wonderful seafood from the cold, clean New England waters can be part of any family celebration this year. Thanksgiving Dinner can be extra special by serving fresh lobster and shellfish. The best part is you no longer have to go to Plimouth Plantation, Cape Cod or Maine to enjoy Maine lobster. Thanks to an online retail lobster delivery service, live Maine lobster can be shipped overnight to any home in the United States.
Lobster Fra Diavolo, the dish by which all other seafood dishes are judged! Be forewarned, preparing this seafood feast it not for the feint of heart. But the wonderful culinary rewards are worth it.
To introduce our dish, you should know that “Diavolo” is Italian for devil. As a culinary term it is used to describe a tomato based sauce that is liberally spiced, with “Fra Diavolo” the Italian term for brother devil: a spicy sauce prepared with linguine and fresh seafood.
Our dish calls for preparing a homemade lobster stock made from fresh Maine Lobster. A favorite of Boston’s North End, the Boston Lobster Fra Diavolo recipe will feature lobster, clams and mussels and take four and one-half (4 ½) hours to prepare both the homemade lobster stock and the sauce. The recipe will serve four to six people.
The first step is to prepare the lobster stock. This begins by blanching the live lobsters, cracking the claws and tails and removing the meat. Set the lobster meat aside. Please see the directions for the lobster stock preparation below.
Bring 1-gallon of salted water in large pot to a boil and add the pasta to the pot. Partially cook for 5 minutes, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside. While cooking the pasta, place a 14-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions to the pan and cook until caramelized, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes and sauté about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook the ingredients until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
Add the clams to the pan, cover and cook about three minutes. Add the mussels to the pan, cover and cook about three minutes. Add the lobster to the pan and cook for two minutes. Add the parsley to the pan. Add the partially cooked pasta to the pan. Add 1 ½ cup of the lobster stock and continue to cook. Toss the pasta in the sauce until al dente, about four to five minutes. Season the pasta with the salt and toss again. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
Par boil lobster for five minutes, cool and remove meat from claws and tails
Add lobster body, cracked claw and tail shells
1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 celery ribs, cut in quarters
2 tomatoes, chopped coarsely
1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 small fennel bulb
1 small head garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions Lobster Stock
Heat vegetable oil in large stock pot. Add the empty lobster claw and tail shells and stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, tomatoes and thyme. Cut the fennel and garlic bulbs in half and add to the pot. Cover ingredients with two inches of water. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until mixture is reduced by half (about 4 hours). Add salt and black pepper to season. Strain stock and set liquid aside.
The recipe screams to be served with a sparkling Rose Champagne or a light, traditional Chianti.
Get ready for Grilled Baked Stuffed Lobster and the best lobster dinner you’ve ever had. Start out with a pair of fresh four-pound live Maine lobsters, a hot charcoal grill and get ready to prepare a lobster feast you will never forget.
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend
This recipe is best with cold water lobster, which means lobster from Maine. If you can’t buy jumbo lobster near your home, you can have Maine lobster delivered right to your door anywhere in the country from a lobster online service. This recipe is easy to prepare and takes less than an hour. The result will be the best baked stuffed lobster you have ever had.
Gather up the ingredients for a lobster feast for two to four people:
We first encountered seafood Paella on the Mediterranean coast where the Valencians prepared the authentic rice dish with clams and mussels still in the shells and served the meal sizzling hot from a paella pan. The dish had been cooked over a hot wood-fire grill which gave the Bomba rice a delicious, smokey crunch.
Once back home, we “Americanized” the recipe by adding ocean fresh Maine lobster to the traditional clams and mussels creating a spectacular Lobster Seafood Paella.
Valencian Seafood Paella is a wonderful dish known all through the Mediterranean as a traditional peasant meal cooked over a wood fire grill and served from the pan. The presentation is spectacular and the recipe delicious and easily scaled for any size dinner party. The wonderful presentation of the lobster, shellfish, rice and vegetables create a dish suitable for any occasion. While the wood fired grill is the traditional cooking method, any outdoor grill or indoor stove top can be used.
Ingredients for dinner for four (scale for more people):
In a large kettle, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a rolling boil. Blanch the lobsters two at a time over high heat. Cook until bright red — about 6 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a plate and set aside.
In the same kettle, add shrimp and cook until pink — about two minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool in a bowl.
When cool, peel the shrimp and add the shells to the boiling water. Place the peeled shrimp aside and cover.
Twist the tails and claws from lobsters. Use a large chef’s knife to cut the lobster tails in half lengthwise. Crack the claws with the knife. Remove sac from bodies. Set the lobster aside and cover.
Reduce heat to low and simmer shrimp-shell mixture to make two quarts of fish stock for paella, about 30 minutes (Add water if necessary) Strain liquid and set aside.
When fish stock is ready, warm olive oil in 13-inch paella pan (15-inch if available) over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic to pan and sauté five minutes until onion is translucent.
Add tomatoes, peppers, lemon juice, and white wine and simmer about one minute. Stir in pepper and salt. Stir in parsley.
Stir in 1 quart fish stock and add rice. Stir in saffron. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Add a second quart of fish stock. Stir in clams, mussels, shrimp and lobster (tails, claws and bodies). Stir in peas.
Stirring occasionally, cook until all the clams and mussels are open, about five to seven minutes. Discard unopened clams and mussels.
Bring paella pan to the table and place on a heat-safe pad and serve immediately.
If you like this Lobster Seafood Paella recipe you may also wish to try our Boston Style Lobster Fra Diavolo recipe, the king of all spicy lobster dishes.
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.
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.