Lobster Mac & Cheese

Last week, my sister and her husband came to Philly for the day. I loved playing tour guide, so naturally I planned their visit around my favorite places in the city. Before we began our shopping, we went to Continental Midtown for lunch. Continental is my go-to when people come to visit, it has such a fun vibe and they offer such a variety of dishes that even the pickiest eater will be satisfied. 
My heart was won over by this restaurant five years ago when I had my first bite of their lobster mac & cheese. It's made with orzo and lots of creamy fontina, it's wonderful. This recipe is my ode to that beautiful creation, and in my humble opinion it's a little better than the original.

Lobster Mac & Cheese
Yield: 2 Servings

2 lobster tails
1/2 lb orzo
2 cups milk
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups fontina, grated
1 cup white cheddar, grated
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup panko
2 tbsp chives, chopped
kosher salt
black pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the lobster tails on a baking sheet and place them into the oven for fifteen minutes. Once it's done cooking, remove the meat from the tails and coarsely chop it. 
Next, place a large pot 3/4 filled with water over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once it's boiling, place the orzo into the water along with a splash of oil for 8-9 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size pot over medium heat, melt 3 tbsp of butter. When it's bubbling, add the flour and whisk it continuously for two minutes. Next, add the two cups of milk and continue to whisk it for about five minutes. Finally, turn off the heat and whisk in the fontina and white cheddar along with some salt and pepper.
Once the orzo is done cooking, strain the pasta. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, as well as half of the lobster meat, and stir them until they're combined. Place this mixture into a buttered baking dish. Finally, in a small bowl melt the final tablespoon of butter and mix it with the panko and parmesan, as well as some salt and pepper. Crumble this mixture over the top of the mac and cheese in the baking dish. Place the baking dish into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it's golden and bubbling.
Finally, place the other half of the chopped lobster meat over the top of the mac and cheese along with the chopped chives. Enjoy!

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