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Here's what you'll need to make lobster mashed potatoes.
Boil the lobster in a big pot of water with some salt. Cook the lobster until the meat is opaque in center. About 5-9 minutes.
Cool the lobster and cut into bite-sized pieces. Put into a bowl with butter.
Boil water for the potatoes. I like to boil the water until the water is milky. Drain. Add butter. Add cream cheese. Salt. Pepper. Mix until you get the right consistency with the mashed potatoes.
Plop some on a plate. Squish the lobster into the mashed potatoes.
Pair with a Riesling wine. We like the apricot-pineapple aroma of the wine with the buttery seafood smell. We tested the wine served cold and at room temperature. We recommend chilled.
Whoever thought of wrapping meat around fish and grilling them together was a genius and is a friend of mine, although we've never met.
Here's what you need:
Here's the trick to making this dish. Render the fat from the bacon before grilling. This will help prevent flare-ups and scorching the crap out of your bacon-wrapped shrimp.
Rendering? Yes. Rendering. That means getting the fat out. For this recipe, we want to render the fat (get the fat out) of the bacon. And that requires layer of paper towels on large plate or baking dish.
Layer the paper towels with layers of strips of bacon. So, put down a layer of paper towel. Then lay down strips of bacon onto that layer of towel. Then, repeat. Towel. Bacon. Repeat.
Put this into the oven at 350 until the bacon fat begins to render (come out). The bacon should not be totally cooked. Just wet and soft. Cook about 5 minutes.
Toss scallops, butter, salt, and pepper together in bowl until scallops are thoroughly coated with butter.
Press 2 scallops together, side to side, and wrap with 1 slice bacon, trimming excess as necessary. Push the wrapped scallops onto the skewers. Repeat. Press. Wrap. Skewer. Repeat.
Turn all burners to high. Scrape and clean and oil the grill grate. You could use an oil-soaked paper towel.
Place the skewers with the bacon side down. Yes. Bacon side down.
And place the lemon halves on the grill with the cut side down.
Cook the skewers until the bacon is crispy on first side. That'll take a few minutes.
Flip the skewers onto other bacon side and cook until crispy. Another few minutes.
Then, flip the skewers with the scallop side down and grill until the sides of scallops are firm and centers are opaque (white).
Move the skewers on a serving plate.
Squeeze the lemons onto the skewers, and sprinkle chopped chives on top.
Serve with some wine.
We tested many wines to pair with the bacon-wrapped scallops. We like the Chardonnay from California.
We recommend serving the dish with a salad, with Romaine lettuce, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, and (of course) bacon.
Good job, man. Eat.
Zolo Malbec 2012 is a great value wine.
The King's Guide Score: 81
Zolo is a fruit-forward, great value wine. It can be paired with a wide range of foods. This Zolo wine can "blow your hat off" (see label). Zolo Malbec is plump with flavor.
There are notes of blackberry, plum, and fig. The body is medium- to full-bodied. Chewy tannins, which means that the wine dries out your mouth and makes you “chew” or clean the tannins out of your mouth. The wine is fruit forward with dominant flavors bursting with black currant sweet fruit smells. Some violet flower. Smokey finish.
Zolo has been a leading wine producer in Argentina since 2004, and is estate-grown (which means all the grapes are grown on their land) & sustainably-farmed (which means they use farming techniques that protect the environment.) According to WineFolly.com, Argentina leads with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world. In a way, Argentina reinvigorated Malbec as one of the top 18 noble grapes. Now it grows in seven countries and continues to grow in popularity.
To pair this Zolo Malbec 2012, try some dark meats like beef brisket and buffalo. Use some shallots and garlic. Smelly raw goat cheese. Mushrooms and roasted veggies.
For this article, we have paired with some grill-roasted vegetables.
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