A few weeks ago I was invited along by Mumsnet and Lidl to be shown how to prepare a cooked lobster. The lobsters at Lidl came in the shops in the middle of November and are a perfect addition to have in the run up to Christmas. The lobsters that Lidl have are MSC certified and come frozen. So if you get one, make sure you are looking in the right section of the store!
I was shown how to prepare and create a lobster recipe and the Mumsnet video team recored as we did so. Food economist Jack Williams was on hand to make sure that we were doing everything correctly. I have eaten lobster on occasion before but never prepared it, so it was interesting to learn how. Much easier than I thought it would be and you don’t need any fancy equipment.
If you’d like to give the lobster tagliatelle recipe that I tried a go, then you will need:
Ingredients for one person
- 1 Lidl Deluxe Whole Cooked Lobster
- 60g Tagliatelle
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/2 onion
- 1 stick of celery
- sprinkle of chopped fresh chives
- 60g mascarpone cheese
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
What to do:
- Defrost the lobster, remover the meat from the tail and the claws and chop.
- Take the reserved shell, wash and remove the feathery lungs. Roast in the oven along with the carrots, onion and celery until caramelised.
- When ready, transfer to a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Add the tomato puree and simmer for about 45 minutes.
- Strain the stock, return to the pan and back on the heat to simmer, until it has reduced by two thirds. Set aside.
- Blanch the pasta as per the packet instructions.
- Finely chop the chives.
- To serve, warm the lobster in a pan and stir in the mascarpone. Stir in the pasta and the stock and stir to coat. Sprinkle with chives to finish.
If I can do it anyone can!
For more on the recipe, you can read about it on the Lidl website. You can watch the short version of the video I made here:
The longer version, including more on how to prepare a lobster, is over on the Mumsnet YouTube channel.
Have you ever cooked with lobster before? Do you think you might give it a go this Christmas? It was much easier than I expected and it makes a really fancy and tasty dish for guests that might be coming round.
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*I was compensated for my time in this collaboration, but I wouldn’t collaborate with anything that I wouldn’t use myself.