Chef John's Lobster Mac and Cheese

Chef John's recipe for lobster mac and cheese is an elegant, decadent way to impress that special someone in your life.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter 2 gratin dishes. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook lobster tails in skillet until slightly golden and about halfway cooked-through,...


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lobster tails, split in half lengthwise and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 drops Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
  • 4 ounces grated sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ounce grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Crumbs:
  • 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

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