Lobster Rolls in Dallas? Hell yes…gimme some!

A few years back I wrote about a unique find near the DFW airport, Lobster Harvest. This my friends is where Lobsters come to retire, where the weakest links find their way on my plate for a fraction of the cost. Now keep in mind, we are not in Maine, and today’s soothing 106 degrees reminded us all that for us here in Texas, summer is far from over.

Even though we’re hundreds of miles away from fresh succulent lobster doesn’t mean it isn’t here for us to enjoy. So since you all made Discounted Lobster in Dallas? one of my most popular posts I thought I would step it up a notch and tell you where you can buy delicious, plump, and slightly more expensive lobster.

Central Market never fails to amaze me. Between an abundance of the freshest produce in Dallas you can find an array of exotic fruits, any type of stuffed, seasoned and picture perfect meat and of course, the freshest seafood I’ve seen in the city. I haven’t sampled all of the many fish markets in the metroplex but out of the few I’ve tried, I always find my way back to Central Market.

On that note it can get pretty pricey for a normal week night meal, BUT every week like a mini present in my Inbox I receive their weekly specials that always have a seafood special. Lobster is on that list quite a bit ranging from $5.99 for a lobster tail or per pound for fresh Maine lobster.

I apologize in advance for the redundant recipe (not really) but I can’t resist a plump lobster roll when I see $5.99 a pound. So for those of you in the DFW area check out Central Market, subscribe to their newsletter and prepare to not be disappointed.

Lobster Rolls 2012

Serves 4 small rolls or 2 large

  • 1 pound fresh steamed lobster meat (around two 1.5 pound lobsters)
  • 2 tbsp green onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • hot dog buns or rolls

Remove the freshly steamed meat from the shells and rinse. Pat dry and chop into bite size chunks. Toss in a medium size bowl with the green onions, parsley, lemon juice and mayo.

Season with the salt and pepper according to taste.

Toast the buns and fill with the delicious meat!

When I’m making lobster I want to taste the full flavor of the meat so I avoid crowding it with too many ingredients.

Bon Appetit!

Adventures in Shell Fish: Lobster Tails & Crab Claws

Tonight’s Inspiration: Weekend special at Central Market – Lobster Tails $4.99 a piece (4oz); Snow Crab Clusters $4.99 a pound

Tonight’s Mission: Don’t overcook the Lobster!

Last Friday I was going about my everyday work routine when a lovely little email popped into my mail box – Central Market was having a weekend only special on seafood. But not just any seafood, Lobster and Crab! I am a lover of shell fish, but most of all, I am a lover of Lobster, especially Lobster tail. Unfortunately, I don’t usually cook, well I’ve never cooked, with said ingredient because of the expensive price tag. So when I saw the golden opportunity to try my hand at one of my favorite foods…I jumped.

The Menu:

  • Four 4 oz Lobster Tails, Steamed
  • Two Crab clusters, Pre-Cooked
  • Boiled New Potatoes & Green Beans
  • Sourdough Baguette with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
  • Delicious White Wine

When I started to prep everything I have to admit, I was pretty nervous. This was my first chance to really show off to my hubby in the kitchen, and make him his FAVORITE food for the first time. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. The first question was, how do I cook it? After conversing with Matt we decided that the potential for failure was greater with the grill, I would probably most definitely overcook it in the oven, and boiling just didn’t seem that sexy. So the verdict was STEAMING. Second question, these lovely little creatures look so nice and snug in their shells. Do I just drop them in to the steam basic as is, or do I have to cut into something? I have one very trusty friend that I turn to in times of need in the kitchen…Google.

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My Knife and Me

KnivesThis past weekend I attended my first class at the Central Market Cooking School! Instead of diving head first into group cooking I thought I would start with my technique first. I have to give myself kudos for how far I’ve come with my knife skills in the kitchen. Ever since I received my first set of cutlery as a wedding gift, I have slowly but surely improved. The first hurdle was overcoming the fear. Something about a large, shiny, and deadly object lying in my shaky hands freaked me out just a bit. Prep-time for me was like cooking an entire meal in itself. Needless to say, the simple task of chopping an onion felt like an eternity. Once I was able to grip my knife with confidence I was on my way!

Now, by no means am I anywhere close to chopping like a culinary expert, but I am leaps and bounds better than I was. Along with my new found technique has come a few scary confrontations with my trusty knife; resulting in a little bit of blood and minor yelps. I have to blame my lack of proper instruction on my accidents. So, I set out to learn the right steps before delving any deeper into the culinary world. Continue reading

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