If you’re looking for advice on how to serve the Lidl lobster you bought for Christmas, look no further. I have a fabulous lobster ravioli recipe for you. Last year, my husband and I missed the boat when Lidl’s Christmas lobster hit the shelves and by the time we got to the store, they’d sold out. This year we scooped up a freezer-full of the $4.99 Lidl Christmas lobster the first week it went on sale and have been experimenting with a variety of recipes since. This simple, delicious lobster ravioli recipe is, in my opinion, the best way to serve Lidl lobster for Christmas and I’ve included advice on how to thaw and handle the lobster below.
Serving Lidl Lobster for Christmas – A Lobster Ravioli Recipe
3 Lidl Christmas lobsters, thawed in the refrigerator
Six tablespoons of butter
One Cup of milk
Two tablespoons of butter
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of Cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
A cup of ricotta cheese
4 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
Fresh egg noodle lasagne sheets (or you can make your own ravioli pasta from scratch if you have the equipment)
Two tablespoons of melted butter for sealing up the ravioli
Pick the thawed lobster out of the shells and hand tear the lobster meat into very small chunks (no larger than a five pence piece).
Melt two tablespoons of butter in a large frypan over medium heat. Add the chunks of lobster meat and sauté for about 4 minutes, stirring constantly. When the lobster meat has absorbed most of the butter and turned pink-ish in colour, add the flour and milk and keep stirring over a low heat until you have a nice wet sauce around the lobster.
Turn off the heat and stir in a the ricotta and mascarpone cheese cheese. Keep tasting the mixture and if you desire a slightly creamer, sweeter mixture, add in a bit more mascarpone. Add a dash of nutmeg and Cayenne pepper, then salt and pepper to taste. Set the ravioli filling mixture aside.
Cut the egg noodles (or your homemade pasta) into 40 ravioli-sized squares and add a dollop of the lobster mixture to half of the squares. Rub all edges of those pasta squares with melted butter. Add the top square of pasta to each ravioli and seal all the edges, making sure all air is out of the pocket. I press a fork along the edges of the ravioli to ensure they’re properly sealed.
Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil and drop the ravioli in 3 or 4 at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes or until done. Serve with a light, buttery sauce such as my champagne sauce.
Note: The ravioli can be assembled in the morning of the dinner and placed in the fridge until 15 minutes before serving time. Then just boil, plate and serve with your favorite sauce.
Lobster Wine Pairing Suggestions
Champagne is almost always a good choice for lobster dishes and fitting for a special celebration. Just steer clear of extra dry (Extra Brut) champagnes. When I served this Lidl lobster ravioli dish, I paired it with a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006, which always goes well with creamy lobster dishes.
If you prefer to serve wine with your lobster, I recommend pairing lobster ravioli with a nice White Burgundy, such as a Meurault, Montrachet or Pouilly-Fuisse. I’ve recently been enjoying Puligny-Montrachet from Domaine Gérard Thomas et Filles and think it would go perfectly with this lobster ravioli. A Viognier is a nice, more affordable alternative.
How to Thaw and Handle Lidl Lobster
Thawing frozen lobster too quickly can negatively impact its flavour and texture. It is important you plan ahead and allow your Lidl lobster plenty of time to thaw. I recommend transferring the Lidl lobster from your freezer to your refrigerator two days before you plan to serve it. You can keep the lobster right in the black bag it came in, feeling the bag occasionally while it’s in the fridge to see how quickly the ice is melting.
Once the block of ice inside the bag has melted, cut the bag open over your sink, drain out the water and remove the lobster meat from the shell (click here for instructions on how to remove lobster meat from the shell). Ideally, you should prepare your lobster dish the same day you pick the meat out of the shell (that said, I’ve also picked lobster meat out and stored it over night in Tupperware in the refrigerator and it tasted fine the next day). I recommend hand-tearing the lobster meat into chunks vs using a knife as the a metal knife can cause oxidation, tainting the flavour of the meat.
While I think the above lobster ravioli recipe is the Best Way to Serve Lidl Lobster for Christmas, this lobster would also work well in a lobster newburg or a lobster bisque or lobster stew. How every you serve your Lidl lobster this Christmas, enjoy!