Two Happy Meals

We have a very good law in Maine:
When you catch a female, you carve a notch into the tail and throw it back. The
industry has grown under that law. It proves if you take care of the female,
she’ll do you good business.
George Johnson: What I’ve LearnedLobster Tails - Grilled with Twice bake potato Casserole  jpg

Lobster topped twice baked potato casserole was my favorite dinner of the week, one big potato was enough for two for a last-minute dinner idea and was delicious, a definite do again.  Any potatoes will do and your favorite twice-baked recipe will work, mine was pretty much ad-libbed so adjust ingredients to suit you.  Season casserole with salt and pepper and a pinch of seafood seasoning serve with a tossed or wedge salad.

I discovered a small turkey while freezer diving and not feeling much like a “Thanksgiving” dinner, I decided to make pulled turkey BBQ, certainly not as popular as pork BBQ but very good after simmering all day (6-8 hours) in a slow cooker then easily shredded, ready to serve alone or on toasted buns with a perky slaw and hushpuppies.  Epicurious has a nice recipe for hushpuppies, I was out of goat cheese , a softer chèvre worked fine and I added a bit of green pepper, seeded pickled jalapenos and a touch of the juice:

Pulled Turkey BBQ & HushpuppiesPulled Turkey BBQ II

Grilled Lobster and Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

Lobster Tails - Grilled

Brush the lobster tails with EVOO and grill while the casserole is baking, remove meat and let the lobster meat swim in clarified butter until the casserole is ready.  Eat the lobster by itself of slice into large pieces and top finished casserole, season as you wish with salt, pepper, and pinches seafood seasoning.


2-3 tablespoons sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon butter (I had clarified butter with a squeeze of lemon)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 cup or so Mexi-cheese blend
1 teaspoon or so of EVOO
splashes of buttermilk to get the consistency you prefer
freshly chopped chives and minced parsley to blend in and top the potato casserole  
(1) Bake, boil, or microwave potatoes to soft consistency (almost done)
(2) When potatoes are cool enough to handle scoop the inside of the potatoes into a bowl.  I crisped the potato skins (brush with EVOO and bake until crispy), perfect for scooping or chop up to add to the casserole, but not necessary. 
(3) add butter, garlic, sour cream , and 1/2 of cheese
(4) Mix ingredients (adding buttermilk as needed)
(5) Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min.