Brazilian flair lobster served with chanterelle mushrooms and yuca “mashers”. The lobster was made with dendê oil that is an essential element of traditional Brazilian cooking, especially in the cuisine of the state of Bahia.
If I think of Bahia, I immediately think about seafood and dendê oil that’s such a flavorful combination. Because of the distinctive flavor and color of the dendê oil, there are no oil substitutes for any recipes which call for it. You can buy it on Amazon.com or any Latino/Brazilian store. Don’t think that you will waste money buying it to make only one recipe. We will be making more seafood recipes that will call for this flavorful oil.
Yuca, (mandioca in Portuguese) how we call here in the U.S., can be boiled, fried..you can use at as a starch for cakes… there are so many ways to use this root. We literally gave an American flair to this Brazilian food staple. We added parmesan cheese and heavy cream which was just perfect to go along with the lobster.
- For the lobster tail
- 2 lobster tails
- kosher salt
- Dendê oil
- For the mandioca
- 2 ea. mandioca root (also called yuca)
- 1 c. shredded parmesan cheese
- ½ c. cream
- kosher salt
- Lobster Tail
- Preheat the oven to broil.
- Cut the lobster tail shell along the top with sharp kitchen shears and pull the shells apart revealing the meat.
- Sprinkle lobster tail with salt and pepper and drizzle with 1 T. of dende oil.
- Place lobster on a sheet pan and broil until just done, approximately 5-10 minutes, depending upon the size of the tail.
- Peel and cut the mandioca into 2 in. pieces.
- Place in boiling salted water and cook until softened.
- Drain and place the mandioca in a food processor.
- Add cheese and cream and process until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with the lobster.
Have you read “Sexism in the kitchen” in The New York Times?
Marilyn has been working in the food industry for over 20 years and I have been working in the food industry for over 8 years. There is never any excuse for disrespect, harassment or abuse in a kitchen/restaurant environment. Marilyn never permitted anyone to yell at any employee or demean them. Kitchens are not only abusive to women, they’re abusive period. Unfortunately!! I have no idea why we celebrate this on our TV shows. It’s just ridiculous!!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda