Lobster Mac and Cheese Is a Present for Taste Buds

Whether you’ve been invited to a casual Christmas potluck or you’re looking for an additional side dish to serve on Christmas Eve, homemade mac and cheese is a sure thing, especially if it’s gourmet mac and cheese like this Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe. For picky eaters and kids, before adding the lobster to the pot, spoon some of the mac and cheese into a separate baking dish.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound
elbow macaroni
1 quart
milk
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, divided
½ cup
all-purpose flour
2 cups
grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
4 cups
grated Gruyere cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
½ teaspoon
nutmeg
½ teaspoon
freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ pounds
cooked lobster meat

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add 1-2 pinches of kosher salt to the boiling water. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain well and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, pour the milk into a small saucepan. Heat the milk, making sure to not let it boil.

Melt the butter in a large pot. Make sure the burner temperature is on low heat, then add the flour to the melted butter; whisk and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the warmed milk into the pan with the flour mixture, whisking continuously while the milk is being added to the pot. Whisk and cook the mixture until thick yet smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat. Add the Cheddar, Gruyere, nutmeg, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of salt to the pot; stir. Add the cooked macaroni and cooked lobster meat; stir. Spoon the lobster mac and cheese into 6 to 8 individual-sized gratin dishes. Sprinkle the lobster mac and cheese with some of the extra grated Cheddar and Gruyere cheeses.

Bake the lobster mac and cheese for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is browned on top.