Lobster is great for a family celebration, a special romantic dinner or even just a change from the ordinary. Because it is usually reserved for a special meal, the dishes served with lobster are usually a little extra-special too. They don't have to be fancy or complicated, however, since the mild flavor of lobster pairs well with just about any food that isn't spicy or pungent.
The Lobster Comes First
A whole lobster makes a fun and delicious dinner, but can be messy and it's certainly not your only option. Split lobster tails with butter are less messy, making them more appropriate for formal occasions or romantic dinners. Other alternatives for serving lobster include tails poached in butter, tomatoes stuffed with lobster, lobster Newburg, grilled lobster and lobster wrapped in pastry. Lobster bisque also makes a filling main dish.
Soup and Salad
Soup and salad can be served as an appetizer or as part of the meal. Soups that taste delicious with lobster include butternut squash soup, corn chowder and gazpacho. Salads that pair well with lobster are seafood, tossed, avocado, cucumber or a simple green salad tossed with creamy dressing. Tomato salads, such as a caprese salad also complement lobster.
Some Vegetable Options
Corn on the cob, boiled or grilled, is commonly served with simple steamed or boiled lobster. The fresh, sweet flavor of the corn blends nicely with the lobster's richer sweetness. Other vegetables that work well with more sophisticated lobster dishes include green beans with lemon butter, baked potatoes with Parmesan cheese, steamed snow peas and carrots, black beans, asparagus and boiled new potatoes.
Scallops are often served alongside lobster, and shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, but there are many other side dishes that pair well with lobster. Consider avocado bruschetta, Parmesan baskets, cucumber shrimp appetizers, fruit satay, risotto or wild rice. Choose side dishes with mild seasoning so they don't overpower the flavor of the lobster.
A Bite of Dessert
Although lobster is rich, it can still be successfully paired with a rich dessert. On the other hand, light desserts can keep the meal from being too heavy. Excellent desserts to serve with lobster include chocolate sponge cake topped with ganache, almond cakes served with fresh fruit, panna cotta, tiramisu or blackberry tarts. Keep dessert simple by serving sherbet topped with a few berries.
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