Now that summer is winding down, we have but a short time to get outside and enjoy the pleasant (albeit buggy) evenings before it begins to get too cold, too dark and filled with homework. So before these golden days are past, we thought we’d share a great grilling recipe from our adventures in the good ol’ state of Maine – Grilled Lobsters with Herbed Butter.
We again adapted this recipe from Lobster Rolls & Blueberry Pie by Rebecca Charles and Deborah DiClementi. Can you tell that I couldn’t get enough of this book while we were at the cabin? I think it’s actually the first cookbook that I read cover to cover. It’s full of wonderful family stories about summers spent vacationing on the coast of Maine.
Cooking from this book with my family on vacation somehow made me feel part of something bigger – part of a tradition; and traditions from around the world are, after all, what this whole cooking adventure with the kids is all about. I hope that it’s a way for them to experience old traditions, enjoy new traditions and to learn about the many cultures around the world. After all, food is such a large part of many traditions, making cooking a wonderful way to teach them, learn with them and most importantly spend time with them.
Now it was time to prepare the lobster. For grilling live lobsters, you can kill them by piercing the middle of their heads (between the eyes) with a knife. We couldn’t bring ourselves to do that, so we boiled them in the lobster pot for five minutes.
Once split, we dabbed the lobster meat with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. They were then ready for the grill. We opted to follow the cookbook’s suggestion to grill them meat side up to retain the juices.
And finally, once the lobster was done, we plated it with our grilled corn on the cob and cornbread.
The lobster was sweet and succulent with a hint of smokey grill flavor. The herbed butter sauce was also a great choice for this dish. It was a fun meal and a nice twist on the lobster. I don’t know that the kids really noticed a difference in flavor from the boiled lobster, but they weren’t complaining. (Which is always nice when there’s no complaining at dinner!) So here’s to the last few lazy summer nights. Enjoy!
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