Irish Lobster Mac and Cheese Pie

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This lobster mac and cheese pie, Irish-style, is absolutely to-die-for! It’s one of the dishes that you have to order when you see it on a menu. It’s the comfort food that calls your name and the one you can never resist.

 

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Mac and cheese is so simple to make from scratch, I don’t understand why people buy the boxed version. It can be as simple or as luxurious as you like.

 

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Creamy, delicious macaroni and cheese with lobster meat and puff pastry crust.

 

If you’re a little hesitant to make anything advanced, but still want to impress your family, party, or yourself, lobster mac and cheese pie is a great place to start.

 

Who would have thought you could have “fancy” mac and cheese? Fancy or not, everyone knows that little versions of food are the best. We like to refer to it as “cute,” which automatically makes it taste better right?

 

That’s why we suggest making them into small individual pies, but it’s totally cool making one big batch if that’s what you want to do.

 

Recipe for Irish pie of macaroni, smoked cheese, and lobster

 

HOW TO MAKE IRISH MAC AND CHEESE WITH LOBSTER

 

Easy to throw together, this is one of my favorite recipes for nearly any occasion, especially if you keep a can of cooked lobster meat in your pantry and a package of puff pastry in your freezer. Here are the easy steps:

 

  1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly add milk. Cook and stir until bubbling. Stir in horseradish and dill. Add the cheese and stir until melted then fold in the lobster meat. Mix in drained macaroni.
  3. Divide the macaroni mixture between ramekins, top with puff pastry brushed with egg wash and bake in 400 degrees (F) preheated oven for 20 minutes or until pastry is crisp and golden brown.

 

How to make lobster mac and cheese pie

 

LOBSTER MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE NOTES:

 

  • You can substitute lobster with crab meat. It’ll be just as delicious!
  • If you like it spicy, you can add more horseradish or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • I highly recommend smoked cheddar, but regular sharp cheddar can be used instead.
  • Always use freshly grated cheese for all cheesy recipes, as it melts better than prepackaged, and you’ll get that gooey stringy effect with each bite.
  • Depending on the cheese you’re using, you might have to add more salt – do it before you put macaroni mixture into ramekins.
  • You can use any small pasta instead of elbow macaroni.
  • Bake the whole thing as one pie if you don’t have ramekins.
  • Place your ramekins upside-down on rolled out puff pastry (leaving about 1-inch space between them, then remove – they will leave a small indent in your pastry. Cut about ½-inch around the indent with a sharp knife. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re just trying to cut it larger than your ramekin.
  • This dish reheats well but the pastry, although it holds its shape, won’t be as crisp. I’m sure you won’t have any leftovers anyway.
  • It pairs well with pinot noir.

 

Every bite of this mac and cheese will give you rich cheese, lobster, and crisp pastry in each fork-full. Yes, this dish is promptly followed by a much-needed nap. Seriously, one of these pies will send you right to the couch.

 

Creamy, smoky elbow macaroni & cheese with lobster and puff pastry.

 

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Irish lobster mac and cheese pie | allthatsjas.com
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Irish Lobster Mac and Cheese Pie

Irish lobster mac and cheese pie has a crispy top layer of golden pastry and a gooey, cheesy center. It's the ultimate grown-up comfort food.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: comfort food, lobster, mac and cheese, smoked cheddar, St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 4
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cups shredded smoked cheddar
  • 2 cups cooked lobster meat (defrosted if frozen) shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • Quinoa for sprinkling optional

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook the macaroni in salted water according to the directions on the package.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly add milk. Cook and stir until bubbling. Stir in horseradish and dill. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Fold in the lobster meat.
  • Drain the macaroni, add it to the cheese sauce and stir well to coat. Divide between 4 (12oz.) or 6 (8oz.) lightly greased ramekins.
  • Beat together the egg and milk to make an egg wash. Cut the puff pastry into 6 circles, slightly larger than the top of ramekins. Brush the outer edge of each circle with the egg wash. Place each crust egg-wash-side down on the filled dishes, lightly pressing the pastry onto the edge of the dish. Brush the crust with additional egg wash and sprinkle with quinoa if using. Cut a slit in the top of each crust so the steam can escape.
  • Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is hot.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES:

  • You can substitute lobster with crab meat. It'll be just as delicious!
  • If you like it spicy, you can add more horseradish or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • I highly recommend smoked cheddar, but regular sharp cheddar can be used instead.
  • Always use freshly grated cheese for all cheesy recipes, as it melts better than prepackaged, and you'll get that gooey stringy effect with each bite.
  • Depending on the cheese you're using, you might have to add more salt - do it before you put macaroni mixture into ramekins.
  • You can use any small pasta instead of elbow macaroni.
  • Bake the whole thing as one pie if you don't have ramekins.
  • Place your ramekins upside-down on rolled out puff pastry (leaving about 1-inch space between them, then remove - they will leave a small indent in your pastry. Cut about ½-inch around the indent with a sharp knife. It doesn't have to be perfect; you're just trying to cut it larger than your ramekin.
  • This dish reheats well but the pastry, although it holds its shape, won't be as crisp. I'm sure you won't have any leftovers anyway.
  • It pairs well with pinot noir.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Irish Lobster Mac and Cheese Pie
Amount Per Serving (340 g)
Calories 754 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 263mg 88%
Sodium 1645mg 69%
Potassium 594mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 26.6%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 67.1%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    February 5, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Super decadent Jas! Highly recommended for date night as they are going to love this bite of comfort food. Saved to all of our favorite boards!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 6, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Thank you, my dear! You are right – it’s great for date night too, just half the recipe or the date won’t go as expected, lol. 😉

  2. Reply
    Sarah's Indiana Tea Garden
    February 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    My mouth started watering the more I scrolled. This looks absolutely delicious! I’m always a sucker for lobster. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 7, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      You are so welcome, Sarah! Glad you like it. 🙂 Thaks for stopping in!

  3. Reply
    D. Parker
    February 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Drooling and sharing (espcially with my Mom who will go gaga for this). Thank you kindly. Dropped by from #BloggersPitStop and glad to be here. Hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      You are so welcome. I do hope your Mom will like it! Thank you so much for stopping in 😀

  4. Reply
    Alice V-DIYerfy
    February 7, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    this looks like the perfect grown up comfort food indeed. Thanks for linking up at #OMHGWW and hope to see you next week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, Alice!

  5. Reply
    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    February 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Oh I’m so happy you have done a lobster recipe – this one looks so filling and indulgent. Perfect for these cold Winter nights xx Maria

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      Definitely a dish to cozy up with on a cold winter night, Maria. Stay warm! xx

  6. Reply
    Jhuls
    February 8, 2019 at 10:29 am

    If I see something like this on the menu, yes, I should get one. It looks really good. Thanks for sharing, Jas. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      I hope you do, Jhuls! xx

  7. Reply
    Rita
    February 8, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Lobster – yum and baked with a crust – double yum!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Double thank you, Rita! 🙂

  8. Reply
    angie
    February 8, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I love crust like that and while I have believe it or not never had lobster in my pasta this sounds super yummy
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      There’s a first time for everything, Angie! 😉

  9. Reply
    Angie | Fiesta Friday
    February 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

    OH YUMMM!! Nothing’s better than mac and cheese, nothing! And lobsters are the best! Double delicioso, Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 10, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      I agree – nothing! Thanks, Angie. xx

  10. Reply
    Ron
    February 11, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Jas, you got me drooling on this post. Your Lobster Mac and Cheese Pies look heavenly. I have this vision of a perfect brunch. It would be a plate with some freshly smoked salmon setting atop some butter lettuce with fresh “first of the season” poached asparagus and a dollop of creamy dill sauce. Next to it would be a ramekin of your lobster mac-cheese with a tomato and avocado salad. I think we’ll need a glass (or two) of a nice crisp white wine with this as well. Thanks for sharing and giving me the inspiration I needed for our upcoming Easter brunch.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

      You got me drooling now, ha! I’m coming to your brunch. I’ll bring mac and cheese. 😉

  11. Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    February 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Little versions are the best! These little pies look so delicious! So elegant!

  12. Reply
    Menaka Bharathi
    February 12, 2019 at 2:57 am

    This is really yumm! I never thought of anything close to this using lobster. Thanks for joining Bloggers Pit Stop – Pit Stop Crew

  13. Reply
    Roksa
    March 1, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    My husband love that. Best recipes always from you

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Thank you so much, Roksa! Much appreciated. 🙂 Hugs!

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