A common question that is asked when people visit the Disneyland Resort is what is that food that just can’t be missed. Sure there are the corndogs at the end of Main Street or at the Corndog Castle. There are also Dole Whips at Walt Disney Enchanted Tiki Room. Another food that absolutely needs to be in the category is the Lobster Nachos that can be found at Disney California Adventure. These nachos are fantastic to share with a friend on a sunny afternoon at Disney California Adventure while enjoying a cool beverage. They used to be served at the Cove Bar but when the Lamplight Lounge opens in the same location, they will be available there. These are a fan favorite and should be experienced at LEAST once.
One small problem with getting this wonderful dish though is that there can sometimes be a wait to just get seated! Now for those who like to go on a culinary kitchen adventure, there is an alternative to the wait. The Disneyland Resort has shared with DAPS MAGIC the recipe for their Lobster Nachos. Check it out below and let us know how they turned out for you! Once you have re-created this dish, make sure you let us know how they turned out and how you created Disney experience to eat them in your own home! After all, half of the fun is the experience, right?
Geek Eats Disney Recipes: Lobster Nachos at Disney California Adventure's Lamplight Lounge
LOBSTER NACHOS AT THE NEW LAMPLIGHT LOUNGE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Lobster Nachos, a popular item at the Cove Bar, will be on the menu at Lamplight Lounge when it opens June 23, as part of the new land of Pixar Pier. Lamplight Lounge will serve California casual gastro-pub cuisine that is playfully presented, along with unique signature cocktails. (Disneyland Resort)
- Shells from 5 medium lobster tails
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 small celery rib, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, quartered
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 8 cups cold water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 bunch parsley (stems only)
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 3 cups canola oil (for frying)
- 48 (4 dozen) 6” corn tortillas
- Salt in shaker
SEASONED BLACK BEANS
- 1 15-ounce can black beans
- 1 small bunch cilantro chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
PICO DE GALLO
- 5 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1/2 bunch cilantro tops, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds removed, finely minced
- 1/2 pound cheddar cheese
- 1/2 pound Monterey jack cheese
- 2 large garlic cloves
- Canola oil (to cover)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce
- 2 roasted garlic cloves
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 3 tablespoons manufacturing cream
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
LOBSTER CHEESE SAUCE
- 3 Polanco chiles, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 1 shallot, roughly chopped
- 1/4 stick butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups manufacturing cream
- 1 cup reduced lobster stock
- 4 ounces Oaxaca cheese, grated
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 5 medium lobster tails (meat only)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 lime, juiced and zested (1 tablespoon juice and pinch of zest)
FOR LOBSTER STOCK:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place lobster shells, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic on baking sheet with lip; coat with canola oil.
- Bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned.
- Carefully remove from oven and deglaze baking sheet with white wine.
- Add baking sheet ingredients with liquid to large stockpot.
- Add water, bay leaf, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
- Bring lobster stock to boil over medium-high heat, then lower to medium low heat.
- Let stock cook slowly until stock reduces by half, 60 to 80 minutes.
- Carefully strain stock, reserving 1 cup for lobster cheese sauce.
- Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance, cover and refrigerate.)
FOR TORTILLA CHIPS:
- Preheat frying oil to 350°F.
- While oil is heating, cut tortillas into 6 pie-shaped pieces.
- Once oil is hot, add tortillas in small batches for 2 to 4 minutes (frying times will vary).
- Remove from fryer once chips are lightly browned, lightly season with salt.
- Continue until all tortillas are fried and salted.
- Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; store in sealed plastic bag.)
FOR PICO DE GALLO:
- Mix all ingredients except serrano pepper in medium bowl.
- Add 1/2 serrano pepper, mix and taste; add additional serrano pepper until desired spiciness.
- Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.)
FOR MIXED CHEESE:
- Grate cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses in medium bowl and toss together. Set aside. (May be made 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate.)
FOR ROASTED GARLIC:
- Remove tips from garlic cloves.
- Add garlic to small pot and cover with canola oil.
- Gently poach garlic on medium-low heat until lightly browned and soft.
- Remove garlic and set aside for use in chipotle crema. (Save garlic oil in refrigerator for everyday cooking.)
FOR CHIPOTLE CREMA:
- Purée chipotle and roasted garlic in food processor.
- Add purée and remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Pour crema in squeeze bottle or plastic zip bag.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. (May be made 2 days in advance; keep refrigerated.)
FOR COOKED LOBSTER:
- Ensure lobster meat is cleaned and veins removed.
- Chop lobster in large bite-size pieces.
- Heat butter in large sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add lobster pieces, salt, pepper, lime juice, and zest to pan.
- Once fully cooked (145F°), remove lobster pieces with a slotted spoon.
- Set aside; hold warm.
- Preheat broiler to 500°F. Spread chips on one large or 2 medium oven-safe plates. (Use a nice baking sheet if you do not have oven safe plates.)
- Layer with black beans, lobster cheese sauce, and mixed cheddar/jack cheese, ensuring to cover all chips.
- Broil until cheese is melted, watching carefully, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Carefully remove plate/sheet, add pico de gallo; top with lobster.
- Drizzle chipotle crema and garnish with sliced serrano peppers (optional). Serve immediately.
CHEF’S NOTES: To cut down on preparation time, use restaurant-quality chips, pico de gallo and pre-shredded cheeses. But, if you have time, the homemade chips are the best!