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Tailgate Gourmet: Chef Michael Ferraro’s Lobster Mac and Cheese

Tailgate Gourmet: Chef Michael Ferraro’s Lobster Mac and Cheese:

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This week’s recipe is from Miami Dolphins fan, Michael Ferraro, the executive chef and partner of Delicatessen and MacBarin New York City. He takes his already outstanding Mac and Cheese, and makes it luxurious with some lobster.

MAC LOBSTA’

•¼ c. all purpose flour
•¼ c, butter
•1 qt. whole milk
•4 c. fontina cheese
•1 c. mascarpone cheese
•1 c. white Vermont cheddar cheese
•¼ tsp. nutmeg
•2 tbsp. cognac
•1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
•3 tbsp. dark lobster stock
•8 oz. poached lobster meat (large chunks)
•2 scallions (thinly sliced)
•½ bunch fresh chives (thinly minced)
•1 lb. elbow macaroni
•6 qt. water
•2 tbsp. of salt

To make the sauce, combine flour with milk in a sauce pot and cook for 5 minutes over med heat while whisking. Add milk, bring to a simmer while whisking, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes then slowly add cheeses while whisking. Combine nutmeg, cognac, and tabasco sauce, then season to taste with salt and black pepper.

For the pasta, bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt then add in elbow macaroni and cook until al dente, roughly 8 to 12 minutes. Drain your pasta and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the cooked pasta, cheese sauce, lobster, scallion and chives, then place in a baking pan and cover top with grated white Vermont cheddar and the remaining fontina. Bake at 375 until the top is browned, about 30 minutes and finish by adding fresh chives as garnish.


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