For Randal's birthday dinner last week he chose to go to Pappas Brothers Steakhouse. Neither of us had been before but on the recommendation of a co-worker we decided to go. One of the first things we saw on the menu were these lobster devilled eggs with chili oil and topped with honey black pepper bacon. They serve theirs with the yolk mixture in a little jar and you assemble the eggs yourself. We both loved them so much that while still eating them we were talking about making them at home for Easter. If you like devilled eggs then give this version a try, it is addicting!
4- oz Lobster tail, steamed
Salt and pepper
This is a simple recipe for such an impressive looking appetizer and obviously the ratio of ingredients will change depending on how many eggs you boil. We made 6 eggs and had lobster and bacon leftover.
Place the eggs in a pan of cold water. Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat and leave for 10 minutes, then place eggs directly in a bowl filled with ice water, leave to cool.
While the eggs are cooling, preheat the oven to 400. Place as much bacon as you need for the amount of eggs you boiled (I made 4 slices) on a baking tray. Melt 1/4 cup of honey in a small pan and brush half of it over the bacon and season with back pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip over bacon brush on remaining honey and season with more black pepper. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
To prepare the lobster, crack
the shell of the lobster tail so that you can pull the meat out on top
and rest it on the shell (still attached at the base of the tail). Put
about 1 cup of water in a small shallow pan and bring to a boil.
Add the lobster tail, about 2 tbs of butter, and pour about 1 ounce
of lemon juice (fresh or bottled) over the tail. Cover with a lid and
let boil for about 3 or 4 minutes, until meat is a solid white.
Lobster cooks very, very quickly, especially a 4oz
tail. Remove from the pan and cover with a little more butter (some
people also like a sprinkle of paprika or cayenne on top), let it cool.
Once it is cool enough to handle, pull the meat completely from the
shell and cut into small pieces for topping
Slice the eggs in half and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with mayo and mustard to taste and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the egg whites with chili oil and fill with the yolk mixture. Top with the lobster and the honeyed bacon.
We really don't do much for Valentine's day, I usually make Randal a treat though and this year I didn't have much time so I made my chocolate cupcakes because I can make them quickly and I know they will be good. I made my swiss meringue buttercream and threw some strawberry puree in there and topped them with a chocolate covered strawberry.
¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
6 tbsp. valrhona cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ cup black coffee
½ cup buttermilk
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb strawberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Seeds from a 1/2 of a plumped vanilla bean
Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
5 egg whites
1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
2 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 cup strawberry pure
To make the cupcakes, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking
powder and salt, whisk to blend and set aside. In the bowl of an
electric mixer, combine the sugar, vegetable oil and egg. Beat on medium
speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed,
blend in half of the dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated.
Blend in the coffee, buttermilk and vanilla just until smooth. Beat in
the remaining dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated. Divide
between baking cups and bake at 350 for 22-24 minutes.
To make the strawberry puree, combine the berries, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium
heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar, until the berries
have given off some juices and they come to a boil. Transfer to a sieve
set over a bowl. Using a spatula rub the berries and juices through the
To make the frosting, put a few inches of water in a large saucepan and
bring to the boil. Put the egg whites and sugar into a bowl that will
fit over the pan of water and whicsk until it reaches 150 degrees and the
sugar has all melted. Transfer mixture to the bowl of your stand mixer
and whisk on medium speed until the bowl feels cold (this can take up to
10 minutes) add the butter 2 tablespoons at a time, then add the
vanilla, salt and puree.
I'm an English girl from Kent who has been living in the States since 2002 and became an American citizen in September 2010.
I am very happily married to my wonderful husband Randal, and have been for 12 years now. We live in Texas with our adorable Pomeranians, Abbey and Ella.