Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pesto and Lobster... a match made in grilling heaven!

I decided to try grilling lobster in its shell for the first time over the weekend. So while I was in the local store I tried to figure what I would combine it with... and decided to make a pesto. This pesto however includes sunflower seeds and spinach... a slight twist on a classic. This would be equally delicious with shrimp...enjoy!

4 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
large handful basil, stems removed
equally large handful spinach, stems removed
juice of 2 lemons
sea salt and ground pepper to season

in a mini chopper blend your minced garlic with the pine nuts and sunflower seeds. you'll notice that it becomes a thick, gray paste... don't worry. add some of the lemon juice, and continue the blending. then include your basil leaves, add more lemon juice. add the spinach and more of the lemon juice. season with the salt and pepper. No need for oil - your nuts have enough to give this a creamy texture - but still retain a thickness.

Spread over the lobster halves, not too much so that it doesn't fall between the grill... once you turn the lobster over onto it's shell you'll be able to baste the meat with more of the pesto. cook until done, about 20 minutes.

the lobster, along with some good olive bread and fresh corn on the cobb made a perfectly delicious meal...a simple twist on a lobster feast!

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