End your summer with a lobster-filled dinner alfresco
Summer is coming to an end, and there's no better way to say goodbye than with a lobster feast. These popular shellfish have come a long way -- they used to be used as fishhook bait and were fed to prisoners, slaves, and servants, but now they're one of the more expensive items on fine-dining menus. Whether you prefer to steam them, boil them, or grill them, we're sharing 10 recipes to help you plan out your menu.
If you're hosting a Mexican-style lobster fling, then the Lobster and Avocado Quesadillas will be perfect for your guests. They would pair well with a delicious classic Margarita. Planning more of a picnic-style bash? Go with the Tommy Bahama Lobster Roll BLT. It's picnic perfect with two classic sandwiches in one -- you get the best of both worlds.
While Maine Lobster is in season until mid-October, you'll want to enjoy it alfresco. Don't forget to uncork your favorite bottle or summer rosé, such as Grandioso Rosé 2014, and let the good times roll.
Grilled Lobster with Lobster Jus Recipe
Grilled lobster tastes better when eaten outdoors.
A delicious treat from BLT Fish, this lobster dish is packed with flavor and fresh ingredients. -- Amy Eubanks
Lobster and Avocado Quesadillas
Enjoy lobster Mexican-style.
Delicate lobster meat nestled between citrusy goat cheese and creamy avocado makes for a fantastic meal, especially if you butter up the pan to get a nice and crisp exterior.
If you ever find yourself with leftover lobster, this is the perfect dish to use it up in. When would this ever happen, you ask? Well, let's say there was a sale on lobster and you ended up boiling more than you could eat. Voilà! Lobster quesadillas for everyone. -- Yasmin Fahr
Lobster Eggs Benedict
Perhaps perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise might not seem exciting to some people anymore, but these eggs Benedict cannot be passed up. Why? Well, because there's lobster! (And some wonderful brioche doesn't hurt either.) Serve these with a side of roasted potatoes or vegetables. -- Jelle Vandenbrouke
Lobster Linguine with White Wine Sauce
Cooking with lobster garners tons of bragging rights and maybe even a few Facebook status updates. It's not just that they are a hot commodity or that any dish is made better by them, it's that you so rarely hear of home cooks getting to play around with those delicious-when-dunked-in-butter creatures. It's not a particularly difficult recipe, you just have to pay close attention to the timing of everything. -- Nicole Campoy-Leffler
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