Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes #Festivus

“I gotta lot of problems with you people and you’re gonna hear about it!! – Frank Costanza, “The Strike”, Seinfeld.

A Festivus for the rest of us.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this post.  And this recipe. Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes. Festivus is awesome, so is this recipe, and so are the giveaways at the bottom of this post.

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The idea came about for doing a Festivus post when the bloggers for the Holiday Food Party were trying to decide if we wanted to do a post for Christmas or New Years. December is a crazy time for everyone, and we all wanted something we could manage. I suggested ” Why not post a recipe for Festivus?” And the thread got totally hijacked by ideas for Festivus to the point where we decided to form a separate group just for the people wanting to participate. I am so glad this happened because we have an amazing group participating.

So, today we’re taking a break from all the Christmas celebrations to discuss an odd group of friends, a strange pole and a ‘show about nothing.’ And by now, all you Seinfeld fans are smiling. It’s been 15 years since the TV series left the air but it’s still very much around in syndication, popular culture and a little made-up holiday called Festivus. Celebrated with a bare pole and an airing of grievances, it’s a time to come together and say “I got a lot of problems with you people!” It’s all in good fun, of course, and in its 9 seasons, quite a lot of delicious food came up on the show. So some of my blogger friends and I decided to cook the foods best associated with the Seinfeld years and give away some great holiday gifts.

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Festivus has become such a cult thing in our country. People have Festivus celebrations all over and take it very seriously with the festivus pole, the airings of grievances, feats of strength and the food. Not all the recipes made here are from the episode of Seinfeld that Festivus occurred ( The Strike) but many are from other episodes. Many of Seinfeld’s episodes were centered around a food, such as the famous Marble Rye episode where George steals one from an elderly woman ( The Rye) To Soup such as Mulligatawny from The Soup Nazi episode. Seinfeld was such a great show.  And here are all the great recipes made for this Festivus post: (Please visit them all to see the amazingness of them all)

Amazing recipes.

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The episode that my recipe is inspired by was The Hamptons.  I had forgotten it was one of the more, shall we say , risque episodes of Seinfeld. I just remember Kramer pulling up lobster traps that belonged to commercial fishermen and he cooked them up for everyone in the house and Jerry’s girlfriend didn’t eat lobster since it wasn’t Kosher. Kramer caught her in the middle of the night about to eat some and she thanked him for saving her from making a mistake. The next morning George had made everyone breakfast and Jerry’s girlfriend loved how great the eggs were and it was because he added lobster to it to get back at her for walking in on him changing clothes and Kramer ends up getting arrested for poaching the lobsters. So ridiculous and so funny.

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I knew I wanted to make a lobster recipe for Festivus. But knowing ME I couldn’t just make lobster scrambled eggs. While those two ingredients on their own are really so very very good, I had to ” step it up” and make it extra fancy. You know, its the holidays and all and this would make an amazing brunch meal for Festivus or any holiday you celebrate. The crispy potato cakes are made with leftover mashed potatoes ( I actually didn’t have any on hand so I whipped up a batch using this recipe HERE, but I used red potatoes and more milk since they were a bit dry) and I wanted to make a hollandaise sauce and wasabi just sounded like a perfect addition to it. The only grievance I can air about this recipe is that its all gone.

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One thing I love about Lobster.com is the fact that they ship their lobsters live. Not frozen. So they arrive at your door packed in a cooler as fresh as can be. My kids loved that they could hear the lobsters scratching inside of the box they came in and thought it was neat I let the lobsters scoot around my counter ( before their ” bath” ha ha). You can check out the selection of live lobsters here – Live Maine Lobsters – and see what all they have to choose from. All lobsters are packed on ice and shipped next day. Next best thing to catching them yourself!!

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Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes #Festivus
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Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Leek and Potato cakes with Wasabi Hollandaise inspired by the lobster scrambled eggs from ” The Hamptons” Episode of Seinfeld. Serves 4
Ingredients
For the Scrambled eggs
  • Two 1 ½ lb live lobsters
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 8-12 whole eggs
  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Chives, diced, for garnish
For the potato cakes
  • 2½ cups mashed potatoes (leftover from another recipe or freshly made)
  • 2 medium leeks, white and light green part only, cleaned and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 1 ½ c panko
For the Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 3 TBS. Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, cold and cut into tablespoon sized pieces
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1-3 tsp Wasabi Powder
  • 2-3 tbsp boiling water
Instructions
Prepare the Potato Cakes first.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 Deg F . Prepare baking sheets with parchment or silicone bake mats
  2. In a bowl combine the mashed potatoes, shredded cheese and ground black pepper , set aside.
  3. In a sauté pan over medium heat add in 1 TBSP butter and melt until foamy. Add in the diced leek and sauté until starting to caramelize and get crispy, about 8 minutes. Add in the Stirring often so they don’t burn. Add in the garlic and sauté another 30 seconds then once done add to the bowl with the mashed potatoes. Mix well and then scoop out about 2 ½ Tbsp sized amounts of potato mixtyre and flatten into a patty, about 2” across.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the egg and in another bowl place the panko. Dip one patty in the egg and then into the panko and cover well with panko. Repeat with remaining patties. You should have 10-12 patties.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes and then carefully flip and bake for another 12. Keep warm until ready to serve.
For the Scrambled Eggs
  1. Steam the lobsters. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot with a steamer basket and add the lobsters. Let them steam for 11 minutes.
  2. Remove from the pot and let cool slightly. Twist the tails off gently and rinse the lobsters out. Remove the claws and legs. Using kitchen scissors cut the lobster tail on the underside down the middle. Carefully remove the tail meat. Remove the meat from the claws and attached legs. Remove shells from body/head of lobster and remove any meat inside. Chop all the lobster meat into a large dice and set aside
  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly whisk. Heat the butter in a large pan and add the eggs. Cook on low heat to slowly scramble them. You want softly scrambled eggs. Once the eggs are starting to look more firm add in the mascarpone cheese and stir and gently flip sections of the eggs. Add in the diced lobster and cook another 1-2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve
To make the Hollandaise
  1. Set a pan of water on the stove over medium heat and bring to a simmer
  2. Combine egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in a bowl that fits over the pan of water without touching the water. Whisk the mixture over the simmering water until thick. If it starts to cook the egg, lower the heat but keep whisking. Once thickened add in the butter one tablespoon at a time and whisk until its fully incorporated and repeat with remaining butter , whisking after each addition. Have a kettle of boiling water nearby and add in the wasabi to the hollandaise sauce starting with 1 tsp and whisk well. Taste and add more if desired. If the mixture starts to curdle add in boiling water one tablespoon at a time and whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.
  3. Assembly:
  4. Divide the eggs amongst 4 plates and a few of the potato cakes and top with chives and hollandaise.

 

Now for the even more fun part. Giveaways. Because we love you, we have not one, but 9 prizes. We will have one winner for each prize. 9 winners for 9 prizes. The prizes are as follows:
1- Seinfeld Complete Season DVD Box Set.
Two 1.5 lb live lobsters from Lobster.com (These will be shipped overnight coordinated with the winner)
1 – 10 piece Kenmore nonstick cookware set.
1- King Arthur Flour Baking Set.
1- Wilton Bake Pan Set.
1- OXO Salad Kit.
1- OXO Baking Set.
1 – Soup Maker Cookbook.
1 – Pie Making Cookbook Set

Be sure to scroll through the rafflecopter images to see all the prizes

We wanted to have giveaways that coordinated with all the recipes and we got as close as we could.

The first entry is mandatory, the rest are optional and you know that the more you enter the better your chances are to win, so in the comments PLEASE air a grievance in the spirit of Festivus. I would love to hear what you have to complain about. Like right now I have a major grievance against my behind me neighbor that leaves their new puppy outside all day long. The poor thing barks and whines and cries. I don’t care that they have a sweater on the dog, just let it stay inside!! I also have a grievance against Target. 20 lines to check out and only 3 checkers are ever working at one time. What is the deal with that? Why so many lines? Are they pretend check out lines to fool you into thinking you will be able to pay your $100 and leave?? ha ha

I also wanted to thank the AWESOME sponsors of this post. Not all of the prizes were donated ( Some are donated by bloggers and one prize is sponsored by all of the bloggers in involved) but the prizes that were generously donated are pretty dang awesome.

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If you win the lobster it will be a Festivus Miracle and you can make this recipe

None of the bloggers were compensated by any of the brands involved the giveaways. Some were supplied product for creating their recipes. I would like to personally thank OXO, Wilton, King Arthur Flour and especially Lobster.com who provided the lobsters for me to create this recipe. These are all awesome brands I love and use and was thrilled they wanted to take part of Festivus!!

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Comments

  1. Lobster scrambled eggs???? I’m swooning. I could eat these 3 times a day…so fantastic!!

  2. I am so glad you made the Festivus suggestion. This is such a fun event.
    Your recipe is just off the charts incredible! It’s the breakfast of a lifetime. Spectacular.
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  3. Seinfeld never gets old! More importantly, what is the epic plate of deliciousness…OMG.
    Amy @Very Culinary recently posted…Mixed-Nut Turtle PieMy Profile

  4. My only complaint about Festivus season is that I gain so much weight! haha.
    Micky recently posted…At Home: Candied PopcornMy Profile

  5. This recipe looks great
    My grievance, people who don’t recycle ,especially in a community where it is promoted ad picked up
    Such as tossing glass into the trash bins and the recycle bin is sitting empty next to the same trash bin and we live in a community that makes it very easy to recycle.
    Other than that, I am in a festive mood !

  6. I need to make a trip down to Chinatown so I can get some cheap lobsters and make this ASAP! Everything about it sounds so so so good and I LOVE lobster everything.
    Susan recently posted…Marble Rye #Festivus #GiveawayMy Profile

  7. My festivus grievance is that Festivus isn’t recognized as a real word (or holiday!).
    Danielle A. recently posted…Double Chocolate Peanut Butter & Peppermint CookiesMy Profile

  8. Grievance–people who talk during movies. So I don’t go too often. Wait to get it on Netflix so I can watch at home.

    This blog is a fun idea.

  9. Shanna, First let me thank you so much for allowing me to participate and learn from you! You are a force of nature! I think it will be weeks before I comprehend everything I HAVE learned. The lobster scrambled eggs and potato cakes sounds so delicious – Sunday brunch comes to mind!

  10. I’m sorry, but my Christmas related grievance is Santa. I just never quite got the guy :) I stick to stars and lights for my decorations.

  11. This episode is one of my favourites of all time. So many layers of hilarity to it. The shrinkage part was funny but the ugly baby stuff was what cracked me up. Poor Elaine being called the same term of endearment as the ugly baby. Fits of giggles every time I watch this one.

    I love this recipe. I grew up with a dad who loved seafood, we always had some around. He was from the east coast so lobster, and other seafood would make an appearance often. Me and K are allergic though so I can never carry on the tradition of keeping lobsters in the bathtub. I have no idea how many times I would try to hit the shower only to find lobster in there. Interesting childhood I had.

    You take such amazing photos Shanna. I wish I had your eye for detail and light.

    Happy Festivus. And thanks for putting this together. xx
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  12. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    Seriously, I want this for breakfast ALL the time!!!! Looks amazing!

  13. I hate when people bring crappy prepackaged cookies to work for the holidays. Ugh, no one needs the chemicals!

  14. My heart just skipped a beat seeing this amazing breakfast! I love it, I am drooling over here
    Nutmeg Nanny recently posted…Salted Caramel TreatsMy Profile

  15. I would have ZERO complaints if I had this for breakfast tomorrow. Seriously, zero. zip. none. nada. Can my grievance be that I don’t live closer to you and that you can’t ship this? Because I love lobster.

    But lucky for the person who wins they lobsters… cuz they can get them right to their door! Technology, man! Thank you for putting so much of this event together! It’s been great to spend my time Googling Seinfeld clips for the episodes I haven’t seen. And then when someone walks by and asks what I’m doing, I can just say, “oh I’m doing very important research. You know, for my blog” and not feel a dang bit of shame about it :)
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    • I spent one night doing nothing but watching clips and full episodes of Seinfeld online. I was dying laughing and I was worried I would wake my kids from laughing so hard. This is my favorite group post yet!!

  16. What a great post and a great event, Shanna. Your dishes look delicious and your photos are stunning!!
    Anita at Hungry Couple recently posted…Christmas Pie with Rum Gingerbread Caramel #CaptainsTableMy Profile

  17. This is the best celebrate the FESTIVUS for the rest of us!! I’m so in heart!
    Megan {Country Cleaver} recently posted…Lemon Chamomile Shortbread CookiesMy Profile

  18. Girl, this is amazing!! Killer breakfast!
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  19. You said air your grievances so here goes: the greedy stores (Gander Mt.) that opened at 8am Thanksgiving day forcing their employees to work on a holiday. The only reason I specified them is I posted twice on their website saying “shame on you” and twice it was deleted. Second is the Glad Forceflex commercial that shows helicopters pulling huge sheets of plastic off of Mt. Rainier insinuating how much they are helping the environment. If you keep watching until the end the last shot is of “mom” shoving a recyclable plastic bottle into the bag. I sent a message to them that I thought basically that negated their message & to review their advertising. Did they answer me – no of course not. Ok done bitching, thanks for letting me vent. Happy Festivus!

  20. I think we all need to celebrate Festivus. My biggest gripe right now? Rude shoppers. I just wish everyone took a second to realize they aren’t alone in the stores. There are others around them. And yes folks, they matter too. Ooooh…I feel much better now!

    These eggs are making me crazy! I am pinning to make these for New Year’s Day. I can’t think of a more special breakfast! Thanks!
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  21. It irks me that I don’t have any lobster to make this egg dish!! lol Great recipe, Shanna!
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  22. Thanks for the giveaways! And the awesome recipes.

  23. Those people in the stores who block the isle with their cart and just stare blankly at NOTHING! You try to be polite and say excuse me, and they give you a disgusted look like YOU are in the wrong! Hate shopping.

  24. I’m pissed that my daughter went to Hawaii instead of coming home to balmy NJ for Christmas!!!! Who wants to go to Hawaii when you can go to NJ????

  25. What really annoys me is people who argue a point-of-view purely on emotion without logic. I don’t care if you agree with my opinion or vehemently disagree. Can’t we have a civil discussion without the other person accusing me of being a hater or racist (I’m an Asian woman by the way)?

  26. My grievance is with people who try to control other peoples lives! Just because you think you know what’s best for them, doesn’t mean that’s what they want! Especially if you are not their mother!!!

    Let them make mistakes and grow! All you can do is be there for support and advice.

  27. I have a grievance against Kohls…my online order with Christmas presents may not arrive until after we leave to go my parents house tomorrow!

  28. I hate it when you leave a party and someone walks you to your car, but you’ve been holding in a fart though out the party and you just want to let a couple go before you get trapped in the car….
    Seriously – if you offer me onion dip, you will also need to let me air out. Thanks….

  29. Justin Beiber, skinny jeans … strange how those are the main things that came to mind…

  30. I get irked by people who talk with food in their mouth and chew loudly!!

  31. My biggest grievance right now is all the people who get cranky over Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays. I wish everyone was able to say “Thank You” and accept the wish for what it is.

  32. Merry Christmas and thank you for this great recipe, love it !!!
    It just looks divine.
    I hate it when people just think about themselves and what they get for Christmas. Share with the people in need folks. You will feel much better.
    Hugs, Laura

  33. My grievance is that for some reason my cat decided to chew on all the handles of the Christmas gift bags I purchased. She even managed to find the ones I’d hidden.

  34. My grievance is with people that bring store bought items to bake sales. It like their thinking, I want to look helpful with fundraising but not actually put forth any effort.

  35. My grievance is that we don’t all get 2+ weeks off for Christmas break like our children do!

  36. I hate it when my hubby follows me around the kitchen “cleaning up” after me as I cook.

  37. If I had lived in New York I probably would have ended up with my own “Seinfeld gang”, the odder the better ; )

  38. My grievance is all the greedy companies that are open Easter,Thanksgiving and Christmas the employees need to be spending with their families.

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