And it all started with these at our New England inspired Sunday Family Dinner.
Don’t they look ridiculous? RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME!
When we began toying around menu themes for October’s Sunday Family Dinner, my seester T was hell-bent on a New England spread that featured these beauties—
Now before you cringe, I recognize that these cocktails aren’t for everyone. But if you, like many of us, enjoy a deliciously dirty–extra dirty martini, then you’ll adore these.
The Lobster Martinis are made with vodka, lemon juice and most importantly— “lobster essence”. Lobster essence is an incredibly concentrated lobster stock that is slowly reduced down until it creates liquid lobstah goodness!
Throw it all in a shaker over ice and shake-shake-shake before straining into a glass that’s been garnished with a lobstah claw. Divine!
As for the food, we kept things actually quite low key. Nothing crazy elaborate but just darn delicious. And since we were in New England, we had to have Crab Cakes!
Instead of larger patties that I usually make, I formed little cakes so we could nibble on while we put out the other dishes. Click here for the recipe
And in case you’re wondering, my family has Minnesota roots and it’s where I was born. So although we’re struggling this season, we HAD to represent our Vikings as they played those dang cheeseheads that day.
Next up– White Clam Pizza!
Now here’s my confession. We kind of had a crazy morning the day of our Fam-Din and I initially forgot to pick up the fresh clams. So I scrambled to the grocery store with my niece Nina and fixed that problem. After all, what’s a Fam-Din without a snafu or two?
Speaking of Nina, she pretty much took charge of this entire dish. I say this all of the time but when most teenagers struggle with making a peanut butter sandwich, our nieces are fixing up dishes like paella and artisan pizzas. We’re so proud!!!
And the pizza was scrumdiddlyumptious!
I just adore our munchkins and can’t wait for our other little ones — Luna and Leo–to come back for the holidays.
What’s a New England menu without Lobstah Rolls?!
Lightly dressed and overflowing with lobstah glory–just perfect!
Mo’ lobstah, mo’ betta’!
Huh…maybe that will be the name of my next food blog? :)
And finally, dessert.
Boston Cream Pie!
But I hope you’re pronouncing “Boston” like a true New Englander.
Say it with me now! Baaah-stin’
Seester P worked with Nini and Maya to create this Boston Cream Pie using a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. And if you’ve ever attempted an America’s Test Kitchen recipe, you know how laborious it can be—-delicious, but laborious.
So I was so impressed with how meticulous Nini and Maya took each step as they created it. It resulted in a wonderful sponge cake filled with a beautiful pastry cream and then coated with a thin layer of ganache. YUM!
Wicked awesome, yea?
A close to another delicious and food coma induced Sunday Family Dinner –that’s a wrap!
This Month’s Family Dinner Menu
Cocktails: Lobster Martinis
Appetizers: Crab Cakes, White Clam Pizza
Entrees: Lobster Rolls
Dessert: Boston Cream Pie