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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.

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  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!

    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!

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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...

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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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            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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              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.

              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...

                2. alliegator Dec 20, 2011 01:00 PM

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

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