Lobster Tails with Curried Pearled Cous Cous and GIVEAWAY
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Who says that fancy ass dinners have to be difficult or overly expensive? Not me! (Though my notoriously cheap fiance would beg to differ.) Moving on.
On some big night where your hunny will don a pair of trousers one notch to tight and you take ratchet up the hotness with a pair of heels that never got broken in – you sit down at dinner, scanning the menu of some restaurant with low lights, over priced wine and market priced lobster that you know means it’s $53 for a 4 ounce tail and all you get out of it is a huge bill, nary a wine buzz because you didn’t want to drop the moolah for another glass and sore feet.
Mood killer. C’mon date night – what’s a girl gotta do to catch a break here?
Well, I’m going to blow the lid off this one and show you a recipe that you (and even your hunny!) can make for a just the two of you, drinking all you want of a wine you actually like (that was even on sale at the store for $8.99 *Score!*) and get down to all that romantic schmoopy business that a date night is really supposed to be about.
And since date night is supposed to be about all things romantic, and not slaving over a hot stove, this is a one pot meal that is stove to table in 30 minutes. Seriously? Seriously. I don’t kid about date nights.
With a perfect portion of asparagus, a dollop of curried pearl cous cous and a steamed lobster tail – you’ll have your hunny swirling you around the living room in no time. Or at least after cooking for you and throwing an epically tasty date night – he should be twirling you around the living room. C’mon, man! Woo her!Print
Curried Cous Cous and Steamed Lobster Tail
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
With a perfect portion of asparagus, a dollop of curried pearl cous cous and a steamed lobster tail, this is the perfect meal for a date night!
- 2 Lobster Tails – about 4 oz.
- 1 cup Pearled Cous Cous
- 1 tsp Curry
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 cups Chicken Broth
- 10 spears Asparagus, cut lengthwise into halves
- In tajine or large saute pan with lid, pour in pearled cous cous. Whisk cous cous, olive oil, chicken broth, curry, paprika together and bring to a boil. Turn down and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add asparagus spears around the edges of the pot to steam/simmer. Continue to cook. Stir cous cous to make sure it is cooking evenly.
- Take two lobster tails and flip over. Using sturdy scissors, cut the underbelly of the lobster, opening up the cavity. Sprinkle with pepper.
- Place lobster tails, slit side down, on top of the cous cous, cover and let steam until shells turn red. About 15 minutes. Add more chicken broth to the pot if the cous cous is beginning to dry at all. It will get absorbed into the cous cous, so don’t worry.
- Test the asparagus with a fork to ensure they are tender.
- When lobster is bright red, turn off heat and remove entire tajine or saute pan from heat. Place lobster tails on cutting board and let rest until you can handle them a bit more easily.
- Flip them over and pry them open. Using a spoon, run it along the sides of the meat to dislodge it from the body. Gently pull it from the shell.
- To plate the dish, place asparagus onto plate, top with cous cous, add lobster shell to the top of cous cous and then gently top the lobster shell with the steamed meat.
- Serve promptly.
Original recipe from Megan Pence
Now – for the Giveaway! Maxwell and Williams is a company originating in Australia just making it’s debut in the USA. They pride themselves on using a wide variety of materials in their products, from ceramics, to glass, acrylics and stainless steel. And along with this move to the US, they are now licensed with the Ralph Lauren company. Whoa! My introduction to M&W came by my dad who adventured down under for work and came back bearing a white classic casserole dish for me to which I immediately fell in love. The clean lines and white ceramic just did a number on me.
With such a diverse cooking line, I was immediately intrigued by the tajine which has roots back in Northern African cooking. M&W has taken the tajine from earthenware stew pot to an updated do-all-the-things miracle worker. This tajine goes from stove, to oven, to microwave and freezer in a blink. And…and, it’s dishwasher safe. The non-stick coating handled this cous cous like a champ and the conical design made sure that all steam was circulated and expedited the cooking process. I was intrigued and left with my mind blown.
And if nothing else, it sure is a conversation starter!
Maxwell and Williams has graciously offered to give one away to a lucky reader to help in their new US campaign. I have a feeling this is the start of a new obsession. I hope you’re ready.
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Good luck, everyone. You’ll be the rockstar of your kitchen with this and your hunny will sweep you off your feet. Especially if you tell him to do the dishes and he just has to throw this in the dishwasher. He’ll love you for not making him scrub another bloody dish, at least for one night.
*Fine Print* Maxwell and Williams sent me this tajine to review. Reviews and recipes are my own. It’s fabulous and I stand by it. The giveaway will end on Friday, May 25th. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and announced on this post. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and Maxwell and Williams will send the winner a tajine. Over and out!
I’d love to make some coconut curried pork in it!
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Ooooo… awesome! I’d try to find something reminiscent of our trip to Istanbul last year. Something spicy & exotic. Awesome tajine. That lobster tail is screaming my name in a ‘my mom’s a little league bleacher coach’ way.
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I would make some rissoto in this!:)
I’d make a lamb tagine
I would make chicken curry. Its gorgeous!
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I would make couscous like I first had in Tangiers in the early 1970s.
I have never heard of a Tajine. I have also never made couscous… so I guess I would have to try my hand at this new dish if I won 🙂 Thanks for this chance to win!
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I’d cook Mqualli, which is a stew of chicken, olives and lemon.
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Dear lord, I love lobster! You’re absolutely right: lobster makes for a wonderful date night to spend indoors with your lovey dovey or even simply friends and family. I love the idea of bringing the dining out experience into the comfort of home. I’ve never made lobster at home and you make it look like a ton of fun. Looking forward to trying out this meal!
Looks so good!! I would cook THIS if I won! 🙂
Oh wow – this looks amazing! I’ve never dared to cook lobster, but this makes me want to give it a try! If I win the tajine I will make this cous cous 🙂
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Oh the possibilities…I’d probably start with chicken, cous cous, and veggies. Need to get the feel of it before being more adventurous.
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I’d make a lamb tagine, so yummy!
Spicy moroccan chicken with spices given to us by an old friend.
Honestly? The idea of tajine cooking makes me nervous. For some reason I see them, my heart clenches and I start to fret. But the maiden voyage would probably involve something with cumin and apricots. Because I’ve seen enough of those recipes to know that it is just time.
Wow, the curry cous cous is perfect, love that idea! And the tangine…I have no idea what I’d make, I have never cooked with one before. So, I would probably stick to this cous cous recipe. Or maybe quinoa!
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This is a seriously impressive meal! I have no idea what I would make in this first–I would have to do some research. Someone mentioned lamb…yum!
Oh my gosh! I adore lobster and this looks simple enough 🙂 …and absolutely delicious!
i would make Moroccan chicken which is a classic dish dish a marinate of yogurt and spice that are great cooked in a tajine , but i cook mine in a oven dish because i couldn’t afford one of these so i would really use it if i won it thanks tenny
I’d cook one of the scrumptious meat dishes with potatoes that I had several at the Mocorran hole-in-the-wall in Singapore! Yumm-o!
I would cook your awesome looking lobster & couscous!!
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I don’t know what I would make first – I’d have to pull out Paula Wolfert’s books and get to reading! Would love to win this.
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This looks like a great dish! I’d love to make a Moroccan chicken dish with couscous in the tajine. I love couscous, but don’t make it very often.
I would cook tagine! Ha! With lamb and chickpeas and golden raisins and carrots and oodles and oodles of spices! YUM!
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I would cook Chicken and Lamb with prunes, olives and garlic! So very tasty!
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That lobster looks freaking amazing!
I’ve never tried cooking lobster this way…but it sure does look delectable!!!
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