My daughters last dinner at home before heading back to Japan was simple, delicious, expensive but worth every penny! She wanted lobster since she cannot get a Maine lobster in Japan and since we are true New Englander’s that is the only kind of lobster we like. Trust me I have tried lobster in the Caribbean on several occasions from Cancun to Anegada and several places in between. The only reason we keep trying it, is people rave about it at this location or this restaurant on this island etc. So when we mention that we are from New England and we really only like Maine Lobsters they try very hard to build up what they experienced and that we just HAVE to try it. So on a few occasions we bend and order it; YUP there is still nothing like cold water New England Maine lobster.
Steak is also something my daughter doesn’t really have a chance to enjoy being in so far from home. So for this meal we bought our most favorite cut of meat Delmonico Ribeye. Added a little Adobo, fresh cracked black pepper and a little kosher salt and that is all you need; oh and cook it to medium rare and then it just melts in your mouth. My mouth is watering right now!
Lobster is very easy to make, generally one per person is fine. Fill your largest pot with salted water cover and once it comes to a rolling boil add a lobster or two at the most, cover, set a timer for 12 minutes. Remove from the pot and place on a platter or baking sheet with side, they are messy so if you have as a nice a husband as mine he will get all the meat out of the shells for you. The mess stays on the tray and you can just toss; take the trash out of the house immediately or better yet make and eat this alfresco.
Risotto though time consuming is worth the extra effort. I added asparagus to this one because we all love it except for my son but he doesn’t mind it as much in this form.
1 ½ Cup Arborio Rice
1 Quart Chicken Stock
½ Cup White Wine
1 medium shallot or small onion chopped finely
3 Tbs unsalted butter
1 Tbs Olive Oil
¼ Cup grated Parmesan Reggiano
1 Tbs chopped Parsley
Kosher Salt to taste
Bunch of Asparagus trimmed and cut into bite size pieces – boil in a little water just till tender but still crisp; remove to ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.
In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil and 1 Tbsp of the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chopped shallot or onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until it is slightly translucent.
Add the rice and stir briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil and melted butter. Sauté for another minute or so; until there is a slightly nutty aroma. Don’t let the rice turn brown.
Add the wine and cooking while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed. Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process.
Note: It’s important to stir constantly, especially while the hot stock gets absorbed, to prevent scorching, and add the next ladle as soon as the rice is almost dry.
The rice will take on a creamy consistency as it begins to release its natural starches. Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. If you run out of stock and the risotto still isn’t done, you can finish the cooking using hot water. Just add the water as you did with the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring while it’s absorbed.
Stir in the remaining 2 Tbs butter, the parmesan cheese and the parsley, and season to taste with kosher salt.
Risotto turns glutinous if held for too long; you should serve it right away. A properly cooked risotto should form a soft, creamy mound on a dinner plate.