It’s all Gouda….


The royal baby has arrived. It’s a boy. Which means one thing: if the royal family cares and loves me they will name him Boba Fett.

This last week the Muffins for Muffin auction happened. And much to my surprise my muffins went of $125! Yes, $125. I got up early this morning to bake them and then get them to the PostNet the minute the opened. Only to be told it wouldn’t go out until 4pm. So yeah, I didn’t need to get up at 6 am to make muffins. :) Then I had this great idea to overnight them. That would have cost $168. Ummm. So I say 2 day…$88!! WTF shipping people, you guys suck. So I am hoping that they make it there quickly. And no, there is no way the muffins are work $125 but I told them they were when I sent them off. 

I have to give up dairy for 10 days. Technically you know I’m not supposed to eat it at all…and that’s the problem. I’ve sort of been on dairy overload as of late. But I am allergic. And my eczema is at an all-time high because of it. So the allergist is having me reset so to speak with no dairy of any kind (I’m not allergic to goat or sheep normally).

So just like you eat every Oreo in the house the night before you go on a diet I decided I needed to go out with a dairy bang so the speak. We got the most lovely 3 year aged Gouda from the farmer’s market last week and I decided that needed to be used in my farewell to dairy meal. And since I was going big why not add lobster to it? So I did. And oh my.

Now normally I do a baked mac and cheese but this time I made a cheese sauce, folded in the pasta, and then topped with the cooked lobster and cracker crumbs and put under the broiler. In my mind this helps the lobster to not be chewy.

So goodbye dairy I will miss you while you are gone. Well my tummy will…every other part of my body won’t.

Gouda and Lobster Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. whole wheat pasta (or whatever pasta you like)
  • 12 oz. Gouda cheese, grated
  • 4oz. Asiago cheese, grated
  • 2 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 5 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 ½ cups cracker crumbs (I used Townhouse Butter Crackers)
  • 12 oz. cooked lobster meat

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta until you reached desired consistency (some people like it more al dente than others).
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan add 4 TBSP butter and let melt. Once melted add flour and create a light colored roux.
  4. Add the cream and milk and whisk to let the roux dissolve.
  5. Add the cheeses and nutmeg and whisk until the cheese melts completely.
  6. Add pasta to the cheese sauce.
  7. In a small bowl melt the remaining 4 TBSP butter and add cracker crumbs, mix to combine and get the crumbs moist from the butter.
  8. Scoop pasta in to oven safe dishes and top with lobster meat and bread crumb mixture.
  9. Place under broiler until cracker crumbs are browned and cheese is bubbling.
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Comments

  1. I am absolutely drooling. I have determined I need to move somewhere that isn’t a desert so I have access to lobsters that aren’t from Red Lobster. This looks just spectacular. I have no idea how else to say it.

    I do feel for you having to give up dairy. I don’t know what I’d do without milk or butter or cream. Probably buy a ton of ice cream the night before and “go out with a bang” just like you.

  2. Bummer to no dairy! But hopefully you will feel better and can ease back into eating it with moderation. In the meantime I couldn’t think of a more comforting “last” meal!

  3. I’m seriously drooling!

  4. My sister is lactose intolerant and I feel so bad sometimes because she doesn’t really expect she will come in contact with dairy until she’s staring at an ice cream store or a pizza place and she hasn’t taken her lactaid tablet. Hopefully you will feel better after the dairy withdrawl.

    The mac and cheese looks delicious! I love homemade mac and cheese. Especially when it’s made with gruyere :)

  5. Mouthwateringly cheesy! This mac and cheese is irresistible.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Best of luck sans dairy – that mac & cheese is an excellent send-off. Hope you feel better!

  7. This mac & cheese definitely looks like a delightful way to “go out with a bang” before your dairy fast!! I’m drooling all over my keyboard just looking at it…. Hope your dairy fast allows you to reset yourself!! Until then, I’ll gladly eat this mac & cheese in your honor!! :)

  8. You had me at gouda… but then lost me at lobster. I would totally make this without it though.

  9. Drooling over all that cheese!!! Nothing beats a good aged Gouda!

  10. stephanie says:

    Haha, I wanted to send you “Fudge Fancies” from NY, but it was going to cost over $40. I almost did it, but then reality of my bank account hit. Sigh. Oh and, ahahahha, Boba Fett.

  11. Peabody says:

    @Stephanie- I am in SHOCK at how much it cost. Just sending it slow was $30.

  12. Oh this looks divine :) my husband would eat this up quick!

  13. Don’t feel bad, I just found out I’m allergic to wheat, yes wheat. That means no pasta, no pizza and I love to bake. No goodies. So I cheat once and a while. But I still bake for neighbors, friends, hubby and did I say once and a while for me. Good luck and enjoy that wonderful Mac and Cheese. Paulette

  14. Made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing! A wonderful twist on mac and cheese. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I cannot eat heavy pasta and it looks like you used penne or rigatoni. Do you think a light Farfalle/Bowtie would work just as well

  16. @Joy- any shaped pasta will be fine

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