I’ve been wanting to have lobster for quite a while now, so this week I decided to give it a go. Now that I am getting better with my time management in the kitchen, (aka trying to cook a million things at once and somehow making them all be done at the same time), I thought it was a good idea to try something different, and much more difficult, at least I thought at first.
For this dinner I needed:
For the potatoes I needed:
1 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon of milk (or more as needed)
The lobster was much easier to cook than I expected. I came across a handful of different methods online, but I just took the advice the man at the grocery store gave me and boiled them. But, before I left for the store I made an ice bucket, which is directly where the lobsters went when I got home. Because we were boiling three lobsters, I needed a huge pot. And a huge pot means more water. And more water means more time to boil. So, I put my large pot of water on and waited quite a while for it boil. But, while I waited, I left the lobsters in the ice bucket and I began preparing my potatoes and string beans for our side dishes.
I first put on two smaller pots of boiling water, and then skinned all of my potatoes. I used Paula Deen’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, and they were delicious. But, because her recipe calls for three medium potatoes, and I had a bunch of small potatoes, I think the amount of garlic that I ended up using when it came time to was a little bit too much. So that is something you will have to look out for. But anyway I peeled my potatoes and placed them in one of the smaller pots of boiling water. I let them boil until I was able to stick my fork into one of the potatoes with the potato easily sliding off. This took about 15 minutes.
While my mashed potatoes were boiling I began preparing my string beans. I began by chopping off all of the ends and then I waited a bit, knowing that they did not take as much time as the potatoes or string beans. But after about 10 minutes, I placed them in the other pot of boiling water and let them boil for about 5-10 minutes. And then placed them in a frying pan with butter and a little bit of minced garlic. I let them fry for about 15 minutes on low heat so that they didn’t burn while waiting for the rest of the ingredients to finish.
At some point throughout this whole process, (I can’t say exactly when because I was going a little crazy trying to figure out when to start making what so that it all finished at the same time), my large pot was finally boiling! So, we put the three lobsters in the large pot. I was originally going to steam them, but I was getting so many different tips that I just decided to boil them. You will know your lobster is completely done when it is bright red AND you can easily pull out an antenna without any resistance. This in total took about a half hour.
While my lobsters were boiling, I continued tending to my potatoes and string beans. I do have to say, my time management may sound a little confusing in this post, but my lobster ended up being done only about 10 minutes after the rest of the meal. (I know, 10 minutes is actually a long time, but it was super easy to just reheat the mashed potatoes in the pot and the string beans in the pan before serving it).
I went to go check on my potatoes and they seemed soft enough to mash. So I strained them in a colander and placed them back in the pot with the butter, sour cream and garlic. I then mashed the potatoes, and added tablespoons of milk at a time until they were at the creamy consistency we wanted. We probably used 2, almost 3, tablespoons of milk.
Now that our mashed potatoes are done and string beans, we were trying to keep them warm by leaving them on low heat until the lobster was done. When our lobster was finally done, when it looked bright red and the antenna came off super easily, we took them out of the pot, let them cool off for about 5 minutes and dug in! We also had dinner rolls on the side that we had in the oven for about ten minutes.
Even though everything wasn’t done at exactly the same time it was still delicious. It is hard to manage your time when you haven’t made a certain food before and are unsure as to how long it takes exactly. Next time I will definitely have the lobster boiling before I start preparing anything else!