Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lobster Rolls and a Little Slice of Heaven

I often imagine heaven as sitting on an ocean side dock in Maine with my husband. Dressed in hooded sweatshirts, we're overindulging in a tray of lobster rolls and glass pitchers of ice cold beer. So it begs the question...if that's what I perceive as heaven...why is it everytime I contemplate making these decadent American classics (when it gets right down to it) ...I simply can not? I'm pretty certain it has to do with the actual 'ritual' of buying the lobster. After approaching the tank and enduring the arduous task of selection, we bring the lobsters home - to only spend a few minutes getting acquainted - before ceremoniously submerging them into a hot, steaming pot. Extracting the meat, only to chop it up and dress with mayonnaise, hardly seems appropriate! A lobster purest - cracked right out of the shell plain or dipped in clarified butter - is (and always will be) my preferred method of enjoying these feisty crawlers of the sea. But this night for the sake of something different, and to usher in the summer season, lobster rolls were on the menu.

Here's where you lobster roll enthusiasts will be (as my husband was) appalled and probably cease reading. Despite lobsters on sale at my local store, the recipe I eyeballed before leaving the house called for a combination of lobster meat and shrimp...and so yes... I supplemented my 2.5 lb crustacean with 1 lb. of beautiful prawns ~ I steamed in the same pot directly following the lobster.

Who's still with me?

The basic recipe below as a guide, my only addition was some finely chopped celery to lend a bit of crunch. Generously piled atop buttered and lightly toasted slider rolls...they were as you would expect... succulent & divine! We enjoyed them alongside homemade oven fries with sea salt and a light, bubbly prosecco with the slightest hint of ripened pear. Bob Marley faintly playing in the background and the fabulous company of dear family and friends ~ as the sun was beginning to set it occurred to me ~ heaven was right here all along... this whole time...in my own backyard.

Mini Lobster Rolls
Gourmet, August 2007
Paul Grimes

Makes 24 hors d'oeuvres

1/2 pound cooked lobster, chopped (approx a 2.5+ lb lobster)
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
24 small soft dinner rolls (we used slider rolls)

Stir together all ingredients, except rolls, with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, then chill, covered, until ready to serve.

Cut down into tops of rolls to split them, but do not cut all the way through, and fill each with 1 rounded tablespoon seafood. (We brushed ours with soft butter and lightly toasted which I highly recommend!)


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

They sure do look pretty! I've never tried a lobster roll, here in land locked CO lobster is way too expensive to cover in mayo :) But they sure do look good :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

These lobsters are enticing! I love that that you kept the chunks so meaty.