Moroccan Spiced Lobster Tails with Yam Fries and Orange-Saffron Aioli Recipe

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Moroccan Spiced Lobster Tails with Yam Fries and Orange-Saffron Aioli Recipe

M&M Meat Shops (Custom) (Custom)Growing up, everyone always had different schedules in my household, but meal time was important. It’s made me who I am today. I see every meal as a precious moment as well as a learning opportunity. While I tend to focus on the food, my family and friends complete the experience.

On September 19, 2013 M&M Meat Shops is hosting their 9th Annual National Family Dinner Night (NFDN). It’s an initiative to encourage Canadians to sit down for dinner.

It’s back to school and work and it can be challenging getting together for a meal. Everyone gets into routine, and as much as a family dinner should be part of it, it sometimes falls short of top priority.

If time is tight, or you need a bit of a shortcut to get dinner on the table, then M&M Meat Shops has freezers full of options.

About National Family Dinner Night

M&M Meat Shops’ National Family Dinner Night has been bringing families together for the past eight years. This annual event has gained tremendous support from families, community leaders and dignitaries across the country. This year, in addition to encouraging everyone to enjoy a family meal, M&M Meat Shops is challenging Canadians to share their own family-favourite recipes that feature M&M Meat Shops’ products. From September 13 to October 11, 2013, Canadians can submit their recipes on the M&M Meat Shops Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes of a $100 M&M Gift Card. Winners will be selected by a panel of M&M food and recipe experts and the winning recipes will be featured on www.mmmeatshops.com.

Moroccan Spiced Lobster Tails with Yam Fries and Orange-Saffron Aioli Recipe

In partnership with M&M Meat Shops to promote National Family Dinner Night I created a recipe using their products. My Moroccan Spiced Lobster Tails with Yam Fries and Orange-Saffron Aioli is a fancier version of “fish and chips”. Half the work is already done for you too, thanks to the help of M&M Meat Shops.

Lobster tails are associated with fine feasts, but you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy them. They can be intimidating to prepare and you don’t want to risk messing up a luxury product. However these flash frozen at sea, North Atlantic lobster tails makes it near effortless to enjoy lobster any day of the week. They’re easy enough to cook that even a beginner cook, or non-cook in the family, can get them on the table. *Hint hint* – no more excuses!

Moroccan Spiced Lobster Tails Recipe

platedClassic lobster tails with melted butter has its place, but for something different, give it an ethnic flair with Moroccan flavours. Lobster tail doesn’t need much to shine, and masking its naturally sweet flavour is a kitchen crime, so a little seasoning is all it needs.

This is not an authentic Moroccan spice blend (ras el hanout), but it is inspired from the original. It can have over 40 spices, but less is more or the flavour of each spice gets lost. It is best making this the old fashioned way. I prefer whole toasted spices and grinding it with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, but pre-ground spices are fine too. The spice blend can be made ahead of time and stored for later use.

Recipe by: Mijune Pak of Follow Me Foodie
Recipe tested and photos by: Brenda

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 M&M Meat Shops North Atlantic Lobster Tails
  • Moroccan inspired spice blend (makes ~3 Tbsp)
    • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
    • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    • ¼ tsp cardamom seeds
    • ½ tsp 5 spice powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • ½ tsp ground ginger powder
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 45g (3 Tbsp) fresh orange
  • 45g (3 Tbsp) melted unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Thaw the North Atlantic Lobster Tails.

lobster tails prep

  1. Remove the lobster tails from the shell. Flip each tail over onto its back and cut down along the length with heavy duty kitchen shears. Gently remove the tail meat from the shell. Reserve the lobster tails for a lobster sauce/stock/bisque.

  2. Cut a thin slit down the back of the tail meat and remove the intestinal tract. Rinse the tails well if there is any grit left on the meat. Blot off any excess water.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

moroccan spices

  1. Toast the seeds in a 350ºF oven for about 7 minutes or until they start to smell fragrant. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  2. Finely grind the toasted spices with a mortar and pestle or a spice blender.

  3. Mix the toasted spices with the powders until fully combined.

  4. Increase the oven temperature to 425ºF.

  5. Melt the butter and add the zest of one orange and the fresh orange juice.

lobsters pre-bake

  1. Brush both sides of the lobster tails with a coat of orange butter.

  2. Sprinkle both sides of the lobster tails with spices. Use about 1 tsp of spice blend per lobster tail.

  3. Place the tails on a baking tray in the centre of the oven and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Check the tails after 10 mins. The lobsters are done when they are firm, opaque and have resistance when pressed.
    Note: The lobster tails can be baked in the oven at the same time as the sweet potato fries. Start the lobster tails after the fries have been in the oven for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove the lobsters from the oven when done and add salt to taste if needed.

  5. Generously brush with additional orange butter just before serving.

Sweet Potato Fries and Orange-Saffron Aioli Recipe

plated friesI rarely make fries at home and I prefer not to deep fry in the house, but it’s a fun side to lobster. Just because you’re having lobster, the meal doesn’t have to be fancy. Sweet potato fries can also be a pain to make and they will never be as crisp as French fries, but they are healthier. M&M Meat Shops Sweet Potato Fries are also trans fat free. The saffron aioli dip can be made ahead and enjoyed with fries and/or Moroccan spiced lobster tails.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package M&M Meat Shops Sweet Potato Fries
  • Saffron Aioli (makes ~¾ cup)
    • 1 free-range egg yolk
    • 2 cloves roasted garlic *
    • 1/8 tsp good quality saffron threads
    • 30g (2 Tbsp) fresh orange juice
    • 10g (2 tsp) fresh lemon juice
    • 56g (¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil
    • 56g (¼ cup) vegetable or mild flavoured tasting oil
    • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup of loosely packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of loosely packed fresh mint, finely chopped

* Place 2 cloves of garlic in foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Wrap tightly and roast at 350ºF for 40 minutes or until tender.

Method:

aioli mise

  1. Allow the saffron to steep in hot (heated) orange juice for 10 minutes or until well infused.

  2. Use a stick blender, small food processor or blender to blend the lemon juice, egg yolk and garlic until combined. Add the saffron and orange juice mixture.

  3. With the machine running, gradually add the oils and let the mixture thicken until it turns creamy and is emulsified. Taste the aoili and add additional salt and lemon juice if required.

  4. Cover and refrigerate the aioli for at least an hour before serving.

  5. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

sweet potato fries prep

  1. Spread the Sweet Potato Fries in single layer on a baking sheet and position in the centre of the oven.

  2. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through the cook time.

  3. Use a spatula to turn the fries and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until they are crispy.
    Note: The lobster tails can be placed in the oven at this point.

  4. Toss the fries with fresh mint and parsley. Serve immediately with aioli on the side.

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