The best part (for me, at least) is the lobster dinner served at the local fire station. A huge crowd shows up!
Tables are lined up cafeteria style inside the (very clean) firehouse garage.
No, I don’t run the race (but I’m sure I would run if someone were chasing me), but my husband runs in it and the kids and I do cheer him on.
And he gets yet another t-shirt. lol
While we enjoy the lobster lunch at the firehouse, why not host a B.Y.O. lobster party at your own house?
Sure! This is a tough economy, and you may not want to buy enough lobsters to feed a small village. Why not make it a “bring your own lobster” party? Think about what fun you’ll have admiring everyone’s lobster and maybe even having a lobster race before the big boil (is that too sadistic?). Just get a few large lobster pots boiling, and cook 2 at a time.
To help get you started, here are some random thoughts about selection, preparation and presentation of the lobsters:
Selection: Pick the most active lobster in the tank. Preferably, buy them 1-2 hours before you plan to cook them. If it’s going to be longer, keep them in an open container in the fridge to keep them cool and moist (easier said than done…good luck with that!).
Preparing: Now there is more than one way to cook a lobster. The most popular (and easiest) way is to boil him (or her) in salted water for 10-12 minutes. Or if you prefer to pan sear or grill it, you’ll need to cut it in half first. I’ll let you figure that part out on your own.
To serve the lobster, remove the rubber bands from the claws AFTER cooking (I know, that seems obvious), and start twisting and cracking: twist the arms off the body and the claws off the arms. Crack the claws and legs, pulling the shell away from the meat. Twist the tail from the body and cut down the length of the tale’s underside (don’t forget to remove the intestinal vein).
Oh, and skip the green stuff. Seriously.
Overwhemed? Than watch this fabulous video from Coastal Living for more “how-to’s”
Presentation: My mom always taught me “if you can’t cook well, then at least present well.” Luckily, a lobster party should be informal and messy. Here are a few practical and colorful tips for pimping out your lobster presentation:
- Place rolls of paper towels in the middle of the table.
- Toss a few lobster buoys around for ambiance.
- How about a bowl of lemons for color and zest?
- Party buckets like these from Pottery Barn area a great way to add color and function.
Ok, lobster trivia time…do lobsters scream when you boil them?
Answer: no – that’s the sound of steam escaping. Supposedly, lobsters don’t feel pain (although I have my doubts).
Now that you’ve gone through the trouble of planning the perfect lobster party, why not make it an annual event?
What other ideas do you have for throwing the perfect lobster bash?