Lobster Tail, We Fancy

This recipe stolen graciously from Giada.

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The Goods
1 cup water
4  lobster tails
salt and pepper
melted butter, for serving (you can clarify it if you want to be fancy)
nimble pinkie fingers

The Gettin’
1.  Add the water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
2. Rinse the lobster.
3. Open the lobster tail in butterfly form (fancy!)
4. Salt and pepper, to taste.
5. Place the lobster tail in the pot to steam (we used a steamer basket) and cover.
6. Steam cook for 8 minutes (it turns a beautiful red!)
7. Serve with hot melted butter, raise pinkies high and enjoy. 😉

The Take:
Lobster tails seem intimidating, but they weren’t hard at all!  And they were oh so tasty, despite looking a dull brown and unappetizing when we bought them from the local supermarket.  The trickiest part was the butterflying, but even a mistake still tastes good!

Total Time:  23 minutes
Prep – Realistically for Newbies like Recipe Thieves: 15 minutes
Cook– 8 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Intermediate

Garlic and Citrus Chicken

The following dish was inspired by both ComfyBelly.com and Giada De Laurentiis.

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The Goods
two reg. size packages of chicken, or one large: thighs and wingettes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 orange, quartered
1 lemon, quartered
3 garlic cloves, chopped
extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano leaves

The Gettin’
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Wash and dry chicken pieces.
3. Place chicken in a baking dish.
4. Brush extra virgin olive oil on each piece (both sides).
5. Liberally salt and pepper both sides of each chicken piece.
6. Squeeze the 1 quartered lemon and 1 quartered orange over the chicken pieces, toss in the lemon and orange pieces.
7. Sprinkle 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh oregano leaves.
8. Place in the oven for 55 minutes or until the skin is crispy and browned.

The Take:
Boy, was this good!  I was expecting a dry, overcooked chicken (we kept it in longer to brown the skin), but the chicken exploded with flavor!  It really soaked up that citrus.

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Prep – 30 minutes
Cook– 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy