Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Maine Lobstah - wicked good!
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add salt and lemon juice.
Place the live lobsters in the boiling water head first to kill them quickly. (if you try to boil a lobster butt first, he will in most cases crawl right back out of the pot....
Have you ever done the 'tongs chase' around the kitchen with an angry red-assed lobster ? If you followed step 1 correctly, it can even be a popular spectator sport!
Bring the water to boiling again, and then turn the heat down to medium.
Cover, and cook 5 minutes for the 1st pound, and 1 minute for each additional.
To avoid overcooking, as soon as time is up, take the lobsters out of the pot immediately, and place on paper towels or grocery bag to drain.
Twist off each claw, but don't toss the claw-joints. ..There's good meat in there.
Twist the tails from the body (have you ever wondered who was the first guy to look at a lobster and decide this little guy's back end might be tasty?)
Melt some butter for dipping, and chow down.
To Broil your lobster:
Preheat the broiler.
Live lobsters don't broil well, so murder that puppy by stabbing it through the "T" mark on the head, right behind the eyes.
Using a very sharp knife, cut through the center of the shell, being careful not to get your hands in the way for when the knife slips (and it will - again especially if you got steps one and two right).
Crack the back shell and pry the sucker open by hand. Crack the claws, but don't remove for cooking.
When you boil lobsters, they scream. (wouldn't you?) Even if they're dead, they scream. Don't let this get to you, it's really just trapped air escaping small fissures in the shell.
Lobsters overcook very quickly. Take care not to do so. These babies are too expensive to mess up.