Everyone who has shared a meal with us or who has seen Little One eat is always surprised at what our five year old child eats! It’s really quite funny to hear her requests. Lobster Mac and Cheese, Tortang Talong, Poke, Smoked Salmon, Pad Thai, sushi, Confit de Canard, Coq au vin…all among her favourites!
Recently, she asked for Lobster Mac and Cheese again.
Luckily, I had some Thornloe 2 year cheddar cheese on hand!
The funny thing is that we were talking about back to school and school lunches. Little One said that she’d like to have lobster mac and cheese in her lunchbox for her first day back at school. I told her that perhaps it was a better idea to have lobster mac and cheese at home because there may be kids with food allergies. Shellfish and seafood are not an issue for Little One, but perhaps it is with her peers. Instead, to celebrate her first day back at school and first day in GRADE 1 (how on earth did that happen?!), we’ll have lobster mac and cheese for supper!
I told you! Not only is her style/fashion unique, but so is her taste for food! “I’ll have lobster mac and cheese with a side of garden vegetables…raw vegetables, please!” The kid makes me laugh!
- 1 pound coarsely chopped cooked lobster meat
- 16 ounces elbow macaroni
- 6 tablespoons melted butter, divided
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk, at room temperature
- 1½ cups (6 ounces) grated aged Cheddar cheese (I used Thornloe 2 year cheddar)
- 1½ cups (6 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (if you do not like the subtle sweetness of the graham cracker crumbs, you can use Italian bread crumbs)
- Parsley to garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta just until al dente. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Set aside.
- Place 4 tablespoons melted butter in a pot over medium-low heat. Next, add your minced garlic and finely chopped onion. Cook until onion is softened.
- Next, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Pour in milk; bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Make sure to whisk frequently. Reduce to medium-low, and simmer until sauce is smooth and thickened.
- Remove from heat, and whisk in cheeses, Dijon mustard, nutmeg, cinnamon . Stir in 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Fold in pasta and lobster. Pour into a greased 3-quart baking dish.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs (or Italian bread crumbs if you prefer) and remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Stir in remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle over casserole.
- Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until crust is crisp and sauce bubbles. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Do your kids have a favourite dish? What do you send your kids to school with for lunch?
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