In the Bender Kitchen: Men Who Cook Lobster Mac and Cheese

 

(WTNH) – The 9th annual Men Who Cook Fundraiser is right around the corner and chefs are gearing up! Men Who Cook is organized through TEAM, a nonprofit located in Derby that supports services to 5,000 families in the Naugatuck Valley area.

Robert Stabile and Patrick Kelley, two of the men who cook, share a Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe that will be featured at the event on April 23th in Warsaw Park.

To reserve your tickets, head to teaminc.org

TEAM is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation located in Derby that provides financial assistance and supportive services to over 5,000  families residing in the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Milford, Orange, Bethany and Woodbridge each year.

TEAM’s mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community. TEAM enables families of lesser economic means to live more effectively through advocacy and direct services like Early Education (Head Start, School Readiness & Child Daycare) Meals-on-Wheels, Energy Assistance, Eviction Prevention, Toys 4 Kids, Child & Adult Diaper Bank and Asset Savings programs.

 

Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

o             5 oz small elbow macaroni

o             4 T butter

o             2/3 C fresh breadcrumbs

o             3 T flour

o             2-1/2 C whole milk

o             salt and pepper to taste

o             1/4 t cayenne

o             8 oz medium white cheddar

o             8 oz fresh Lobster Meat

o             3 T chopped parsley

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 8 X 8 inch baking dish. Grate cheese. Cook pasta until barely al dente. Drain and rinse well. Heat 1 T butter in a medium sized sauce pan. Add bread crumbs and stir thoroughly. Remove bread crumbs from pan and wipe clean. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk until hot but not scalded. In the saute pan used for the breadcrumbs, heat the remaining butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, wisk in flour and stir until cooked, about 2 minutes. Slowly add hot milk, wisking continuously until incorporated. Cook sauce for about 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove sauce from heat, and add all but one half cup of the grated cheese, cayenne, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Fold lobster into sauce, and then add pasta. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bread crumbs over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is browned. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.

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