Summer is for Lobster

lobsterSummer is for lobsters, and lucky me, I have made friends with a lobster guy in Rockport Harbor from whom I get them right off the boat.

Having such easy access means opportunity for experimenting with lobster in a variety of dishes.  One of my favorites is lobster risotto, usually the one here.   Yummy as is, I decided to tweak it a bit for this night’s dinner with friends.  Corn and lobster are a natural combo  and with corn being plentiful and sweet this time of the summer, it seemed a perfect addition as did roasted heirloom tomatoes.  

lobster risottoI can’t tell you whether this recipe was significantly better than the other, but I can tell you everyone went for second helpings! 

lobster tablescapeFor any table where lobster is served, some combination of the same things are used.  Since risotto is a little more “uptown” than steamed lobster these table runners replace newspaper.

lobster tablescapeA lobster print fabric was cut and the edges serged for quick and easy napkins

lobster tablescapefolded in a much used fan shape.

lobster tablescapeThe more traditional thumbprint glasses complement contemporary lobster plates

lobster tablescapeand  Lobbie makes his way through vases of bright summer blooms from the garden.  This is one lobster that is safe from the pot!

lobster tablescapeNow, let’s bring on the risotto!

Lobster Risotto

3 T. butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 c. Arborio rice

1 c. fresh corn kernels

1 c. white wine

4 c. seafood broth or clam juice  (if you steam your own lobster, the water can be used)

1 1/2 c. cooked, chopped lobster meat

1/3 c. fresh basil, chopped coarsely

1/4 c. Parmesan

salt and pepper to taste

12 small heirloom or Roma tomatoes, roasted

To roast tomatoes, core and cut into quarters.  Spread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  Roast, stirring a couple of times, for about 1 1/2 hours. 

Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add onion and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the rice and stir until it is coated with butter.  Add corn and wine, bring to a boil and cook until wine has almost evaporated.

Heat the broth and add to rice 1/3 at a time.  Continue until all broth is used.  With last addition, add lobster, basil and Parmesan.  Stir until rice is tender, adding more liquid if necessary.  To serve, put tomatoes on top of the risotto and garnish with basil.

4 generous servings

Happily joining

Cuisine Kathleen at her Summer Fun Challenge

Full Plate Thursday

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Tablescape Thursday

Foodie Friday

37 thoughts on “Summer is for Lobster

  1. Love those napkins, and pass the lobster, it looks great!

  2. Yum! Lulu, you just made me and my husband jealous. We were craving for lobster yesterday and wanted to buy fresh ones for our BBQ, but alas the only available ones at the seafood store were frozen lobsters:( Your lobster themed tablescape is so delightful. I’d love to try the risotto recipes one of these days

  3. You are so lucky to have those fresh lobsters! Beautiful and very appropriate table settings. Lobbie is adorable too. Thanks for this recipe that has me drooling.

  4. Hi Lulu,
    What a fun Lobster Tablescape, I would love to be sitting there and enjoying your delicious Risotto right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a good week!
    Miz Helen

  5. I like how it is ALL lobster. The tablescape is really fun and colorful. Plus a new recipe for lobster.

  6. I love lobster…I love risotto…such a fun table and thanks for the recipe and for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  7. I look forward to trying this, though I live quite far from Maine!

    1. I think the recipe would work just as well with shrimp if that is more accessible.

  8. I love lobster risotto! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    1. You’ll not be disappointed. Even without the lobster this risotto is good!

      1. I’ll bet it is, I love risotto!

  9. I love lobster and I adore Risotto of any kind! Lulu this looks amazing, and so does your gorgeous setting! The two runners look great and the dishes are super! Thanks for the recipe and for your sweet and kind visit! Enjoy your last summer weekends.

  10. Lulu, that looks delicious! My mouth is watering. Love your use of two runners on the table, and Lobbie, making his way through the flowers is so cute. Great napkins too. laurie

  11. Rattlebridge Farm August 23, 2013 — 11:51 am

    Risotto is pure comfort food for our family, but I have never paired with it lobster. A truly inspired idea, Lulu. Your lobster plates and touches are beautiful. So glad you included this recipe to Foodie Friday!

  12. Reblogged this on Living and Lovin.

  13. I must make the effort to try this one!

  14. Your lobster is darn cute! Love the runners and the napkins. Perfect for any lobster lover.

  15. Lobster and plentiful just don’t go in the same sentence around here 😦 The lobster risotto sounds over the top amazing!! And I love all your lobster things, especially the napkins! Yum!

  16. Oooooh, I love the table and I love the menu!… christine

  17. Wow, we would all enjoy sitting at your table for lobster. Your runner, plates and napkins are all so perfect for the occasion.

  18. Even the napkins look tasty enough to eat .

    1. They might be a little stringy!

  19. We’re home from Maine now for the next few weeks but when we return I’ll be indulging in lobster again!! Your risotto recipe sounds delicious (I love risotto) but please be sure to put a blindfold on Lobbie when the food is served on those delightful dishes! Linda

  20. Great recipe…and love the table. So very cute with Lobbie making an appearance!!

  21. So cute. Love your napkins

  22. Love lobster, and I’m smiling seeing this darling table with the black and white and pops of lobster red. Great job! Wish I were stopping in to join you. It all sounds delicious!

  23. Love this table! Your stuffed lobster is an especially wonderful addition…

  24. Love both recipe and table setting! Lobster, delicious!

    1. Thanks, Amy. Since shrimp are more plentiful in Texas, I think they would work just as well.

  25. I love the lobster theme!!!!! Great plates!!!!!

    1. Great to see you getting back into the swing of things. Hope your shoulder is healing nicely.

  26. Great recipe and what a fun tablescape!!

  27. Cute table! Love lobster! Lobbie is adorable!
    Blessings My friend,

  28. Love those lobster napkins, lobster is my most favorite thing and I am gonna try this recipe, it looks delish…

  29. So happy to see this and get that wonderful recipe. On my one trip to Maine, my favorite meal was a lobster risotto that I had in a restaurant in Portland. Your table is wonderful – love the runners, napkin and those great plates.

  30. Your table is so festive and whimsical…….delightful. While there are many things we love about Maine………lobster is number one on the list!

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