Lobster Thermidor

Lobster Thermidor

4 – 1 1/2 pound lobsters, cooked

6 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 cups half and half

3 tablespoons medium sherry

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

parsley for garnish

Remove lobster meat, but leave shells whole. Do not twist head from tail and leave antennae on head. Wash and drain lobster shells. Place meat, roe and liver in a large bowl. Cover bowl and wrap shells, refrigerate both.

About 25 minutes before serving, in 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, in butter, blend flour, salt, nutmeg and paprika. Stir in half and half and sherry. Cook stirring, until thickened.

Add meat, cook just until heated. Stirring occasionally.

Preheat broiler. Place shells on rack in broiling pan. Fill with mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until mixture is hot.

Place lobsters on plate. Garnish with parsley.

Serves 4

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