Baked Lobster a Maria

Happy New Year 2014 to all my fans and supporters of Tia Maria’s Blog!

This recipe for Lobster Maria, Baked Scallops wrapped in Bacon and Brocolli Rabe with Presunto, will be a hit for your New Years Celebrations! Enjoy!

Since I began making this easy recipe, I rarely order lobster out unless I’m dining at the shore.  I know you’ll never have to go out to a restaurant for lobster again!

If you have a hard time killing the lobsters yourself, just ask the Seafood clerk to split them in half for you (however, be sure to have them put the lobster on ice for you, and cook it within a couple of  hours).

My family exits the kitchen, thus leaving me with the honor of performing the evil dead of splitting the lobsters in half.

I don’t enjoy this and I admit that I do it as quickly as possible closing my eyes when I feel the knife cracking the shell.

Since I usually make this recipe for special occasions, I also make other family favorites; Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe (Grillos) with Presunto.

This meal is simple to make, but it has a very upscale restaurant look for your next diner party when you want to treat your guests to something special! Enjoy!


Baked Lobster a Maria


4 Lobsters split into halves

1 cup Panko Bread crumbs

10 Ritz crackers

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup Italian parsley

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 stick butter or margarine



Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse about 6-8 times until all of the ingredients are fine.

Place the lobster halves in a large baking dish facing shell down.

Spread the breadcrumb mixture over the lobsters and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with melted butter.


Bacon Wrapped Scallops:


8 large fresh Sea Scallops

4 slices of thick cut bacon


Slice bacon strips in half and cook until slightly browned.

Wrap each piece around the scallop and secure with a toothpick.

Cook at 350 for about 10-15 minutes.


Broccoli Rabe with Presunto


1 bunch of fresh Broccoli Rabe

1/4 cup of minced onion

3 slices of chopped presunto

1/4 cup of Olive oil


In a large pan bring water to a boil. Add the Broccoli Rabe and cook for about 5 minutes. Take out the Broccoli Rabe and strain in colander to remove excess water. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions and Presunto until crispy. Add the Broccoli Rabe and continue sauteing for about 10 minutes until the Broccoli is tender. Drizzle some olive oil over the top when ready to serve. Enjoy!



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