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Lobster Quiche

This summer, a friend invited me to her family's vacation home in Maine and made lunch reservations at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. The traditional thing to do there is have tea and popovers. But the highlight of the meal for me was a piece of lobster quiche. It was a small piece of quiche but it was so yummy that I immediately looked for recipes when I got home. Since lobster was on sale for $3.99/pound, it was even an affordable indulgence. Besides, making this at home gave me an entire quiche for the price of a single serving when eating out. I highly recommend giving this recipe a shot. The sweet lobster flavor comes through in every bite. Liked it so much we made it again when we had some friends over for dinner.

small photo of a piece of lobster quiche

lobster and cheese in the pastry shell before being cooked
Lobster, cheese, and onion in the pastry shell before being cooked

Lobster Quiche

Yield: Serves 6

1 cup cut-up lobster meat (I used the meat from 2 soft-shell lobsters)
1 cup shredded dill Havarti cheese
1/3 cup minced onion
9-inch pastry shell, unbaked
4 eggs
2 cups light cream
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  1. Sprinkle lobster, cheese, and onion into pastry shell.
  2. Beat eggs. Pour cream into eggs, add seasonings, and mix well.
  3. Pour egg mixture into pastry shell.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 425F, then reduce heat to 300F. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted one inch from the edge comes out clean.
  5. Let quiche stand 10 minutes before serving.

larger photo of lobster quiche

Modified this recipe from Yankee Magazine's Great New England Recipes

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Oh, that DOES look yummy!

So did you buy your lobster pre-cooked, frozen, or did you cook it yourself?

We have a store here that has a seafood shop where they will steam your fish, including lobster, for you to take home, but I've never bought fresh lobster (either fresh or live, for that matter), only fish.

Edited at 2012-09-26 02:22 pm (UTC)

Bought it both cooked-on-demand as well as cooked at home. The first time I just bought 2 lobsters and the store cooked them for me for no extra charge. The second time, I was in Massachusetts. If they steamed them for me, then they would charge a PreparedMeals tax. So we opted to cook them up ourselves.

So when you buy the fish, do you let them steam it for you? Is there an extra charge? I like fish a lot but I'm intimidated about cooking fish so I very rarely buy fish.

No, I take it home with me. I seldom buy it from the case; I'd sooner buy frozen fillets and thaw them at home. And, since I've never asked, I don't know if there's an extra charge or not.

I take Tilapia fillets, put them in a pan sprayed with oil, and top with seasoned bread crumbs with a bit of olive oil.*
Bake at 400 for 15-17 minutes; the fish should flake with a fork when done. TADA! I usually make some sort of pasta and veggie, and I have a fast meal that tastes great.

*Seasoned bread crumbs-I buy Pepperidge Farms dry stuffing mix in the bag with the blue trim on it (since they have two or three types, and don't identify what sort of seasoning, that's the only way I can explain it!).

Take about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the crumbs (this is for 2-3 fillets), put them in a food chopper, and pulse a few times till it's down to a crumb stage, add a tablespoon or so of olive oil or melted butter, and pulse again for a few seconds to mix the oil in. Tastes great!
You could also use panko crumbs and season them with whatever you like, if you want.

Edited at 2012-09-27 01:52 pm (UTC)

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