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Nyleve Dec 20, 2011 08:33 AM

Having a small - just 4 of us - immediate family dinner on Christmas eve and I'm thinking of lobster. We don't actually celebrate Christmas but always have a fancypants dinner on the 24th. So lobster - boiled or steamed - but stumped on side dishes. I rarely do lobster in the winter so can't quite think of what to serve with the critters. A nice salad, for sure. Some kind of potato of other thing. A veg? Any suggestions? Would like to make this nice, despite the messiness of eating the lobsters themselves. For dessert, not sure but either creme brulee or creme caramel.

  1. alliegator Dec 20, 2011 01:00 PM

    I like to have wild rice pilaf with lobster. Fries also sound good!

    1. Pedr0 Dec 20, 2011 11:09 AM

      Keep it classy and go with steak.

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        Nyleve Dec 20, 2011 11:24 AM

        That's my husband's idea of a side dish. I think I'll do the twice-baked potatoes. Sound's perfecto. Also a nice bitter green salad - anchovy vinaigrette would be excellent. No appetizers OR maybe the foie gras I picked up in Paris...

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        escondido123 Dec 20, 2011 10:16 AM

        Our traditional side with lobster has always been twice baked potatoes, made with garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano is my favorite. Crispy on top, creamy inside--I think it's a great pairing.

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          rjbh20 Dec 20, 2011 10:14 AM

          Endive with a shallot vinaigrette, walnuts & roquefort or a frisee salad with asparagus and parmigiano curls and an anchovy-lemon vinaigrette. Both somewhat tart, which works with the richness of the lobster & butter. Add good bread and champagne and you're basically done --
          Maybe some boiled small potatoes with parsley if you want something else on the plate.

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            Breezychow Dec 20, 2011 10:01 AM

            Whole lobsters - boiled or steamed - are both fancy, fun, & rich at the same time. If it was summer I'd suggest corn on the cob. But when I serve them during the winter - every Valentines Day - I just serve a big green salad & commercial shoestring fry potatoes (like many of the lobster shacks do). And of course lemon-spiked melted butter!!! Makes for a great meal, & perfect for company if you plan on serving an appetizer (chowder maybe?) & dessert.

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              magt Dec 20, 2011 09:58 AM

              How about Garlic Fries? We are doing crab legs on Christmas Day and I plan to serve these

              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              1. LaLa Dec 20, 2011 09:39 AM

                since it is hard to get good corn on the corb in the winter ...i would do corn pudding! A green salad maybe duchess potatos or twice baked...we do homemade chips with ours!

                1. ROCKLES Dec 20, 2011 09:01 AM

                  i would think corn on the cob, cheesy mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes. Enjoy your lobsters--sounds fantastic!

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