Thursday 22 December 2011

Make With Me

With Christmas days away, I've decided that this weeks entries will have a 'Christmas' theme. 

Mary's Lobster Coquille

  • 4 or 5 lobster tails (1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 can cream of shrimp soup
  • 1/3 cup of table cream
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup old cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

To make:
  • Cook and cut lobster
  • Saute onions, garlic, celery and mushrooms until tender but not brown
  • Stir in soup
  • Gradually blend in cream, sherry, parsley and crumbs
  • Add lobster
  • Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly
  • Spoon into baking shells or individual casseroles
  • Combine 1/4 cup soft bread crumbs and 1/4 cup shredded old cheddar cheese and sprinkle over mixture
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes
  • Garnish with parsley
  • Enjoy!

  1. This recipe is my great-aunt Mary's and is served every year on Christmas Eve, making it a family classic and family tradition.
  2. Instead of lobster, you can use crab or shrimp. You could also use all three and make a seafood lover coquille.
  3. For non- seafood lovers (ahem, myself) chicken can be used in place of lobster/crab/shrimp.
  4. If you can't find cream of shrimp soup (or if using chicken in place of seafood), you can use cream of mushroom.
  5. I don't have baking shells or individual casserole dishes, so I just bake in a regular casserole dish.
  6. I also don't like mushrooms, so I don't use them in the recipe.

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