Lobster Bake For 25 People - How To Get Messy and Drink with A Few Friends
I have been part of a number of different lobster bakes using many methods. This method is the most foolproof and convenient for most of us. The quantity can be varied to serve as many people as you would want to invite.
Yield: 25 Ready in 8 hours
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Lobster Bake For 25 People - How To Get Messy and Drink with A Few Friends Preparation
A day or two before the lobster bake, take the aluminum garbage cans and scrub them with a mixture of half a gallon of warm water and a box of baking soda. After this fill the cans about a third full and bring to heat on the burner to test for leaks, keep the lids on to bring to a boil. If the cans leak there are sealers you can purchase at a hardware store. Apply this to the outside of the seams as this is where the leak will occur. O.K. That was a pain in the neck, now for the fun parts:
Day of the Bake:
This concept is based on "bundles" or packets of base food. Get some of your friends to help in the preparation (Open the beer!) and take a two foot square of aluminum foil and place a piece of linguica, pork link, potato, onion, corn and chicken if you are using it on the foil and seal into a bundle. Pierce the bundle with a fork two or three times.
Place a one inch layer of corn shucks in the bottom of each can. Place the bundles neatly on top of the corn shucks in the prepare garbage cans. Half in each. Place the cans on the burners and add the water and wine to each pot evenly.
Turn the heat on a and bring to a boil, reduce heat to just below boiling and steam for two hours. Add additional liquid if required. During this time scrub the clams and drink beer.
At the end of two hours place the clams and the lobsters in the cans on top of the bundles. Steam for an additional thirty minutes or so until the lobsters are red and cooked.
When the lobsters are cooked, pour the lobsters, and clams carefully into a large container. Pour the liquid from the containers over them (this is the best part). Dig out the bundles and distribute to everyone along with the lobsters, clams, corn and bowls of broth.
Serve plenty of fresh bread along with this as the liquor from the cans is heaven! This is some work but the idea is to get some friends together, share the expense and work and have an extravaganza!
2 Aluminum garbage cans, new or dedicated to this use
2 propane burners or other sources of fire, this can be done on a fire in a pit if you have the energy but personally I would stay with the propane. Lots of wide aluminum foil
Plenty of cold beer!!
NOTE: You may choose not to put the corn in the bundles but cook it separately. This depends on if you like the flavor of the corn separate. If you cook separately add a few ears to the pot to add flavor to the broth.
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