Anatomy of a Perfect Lobster Roll

by Brenda Athanus
Print Email

lobster-roll-lobster.jpgIn Maine finding a good lobster roll is like finding a needle in a haystack. Some places buy some pre-made lobster salad, with a 30 day shelf life, that is pale pink, loaded with cheap quality mayo and then placed on a roll that is not even toasted. The view, the sound of gulls and the sweet smell of the Atlantic helps to elevate the taste of a mediocre lobster roll. Really what is so complex that it eludes so many restaurants in Lobster land?

I feel that the humble hot dog roll is the perfect base and that is what the original creator of a lobster roll had in mind. A good quality commercial hot dog roll and not homemade, that wouldn't give it the proper feel in your anxious hand or the right texture. Freshly cooked, cooled and shucked lobster from a pound and a half lobster.  Sounds like a lot? I did mention “perfect” didn’t I?

In a bowl cut up the lobster meat (tail, claws and knuckles) with a handy pair of scissors into medium size chunks, add chopped fresh chives to taste and then add the smallest amount of good quality mayonaise. Remember you can always add more, but it sure is difficult to take it back out. Refrigerate the mixture covered until you are ready to artfully arrange it on the roll. Now for the loving toasting of that hot dog roll.

grilledroll.jpgI melt 2 tablespoons of butter (I like lightly salted, homemade butter but you decide) per roll in a skillet until it melts and just starts to bubble.  I dip and press the roll on each side lapping up the melted butter and forcing it into the roll. Then turn the heat to low and let it  slowly become the most gorgeous golden color, flip it and do the same to the second side. Get your best vintage plate and fill the hot dog rolls with the cold lobster salad. The best topping should be fresh paprika but I prefer smoked Spanish paprika on mine, it takes it to the next level of ecstasy.

Like any food, it is the simple combination of the best ingredients put together seamlessly that radiates the magic of that first bite all the way to the last...

 

The Green Spot, 818 Kennedy Drive, Oakland, ME 04963
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
207.441.9327

You have no rights to post comments

 

restaurant news

A.O.C. Wine Bar
Los Angeles
by Sharon Oreck

Suzanne Goin, the uber-talented celebrity chef of Lucques and A.O.C. Wine Bar fame, was rumored to be the front runner for the 2005 James Beard Chef-of-the-Year award, and as far as I was...

Read more...
Yahoo Y’all – Back in Texas!
Texas
by Nancy Ellison

postcard 1024Though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I have Texas DNA in my bones! And, though I love California Mexican Food, my heart sings when Bill and I have the opportunity to dine Authentic Tex-Mex...

Read more...
Mozza Mozza
Los Angeles
by Maia Harari

ImageMario Battali’s newest haunt in L.A.

Mozza Osteria, Mario Battali’s newest adjunct to his Mozza Pizza just opened on Melrose, just west of Highland. Though most new restaurants in LA advertise...

Read more...
Louise’s Pantry: Breakfast Done Right in the Desert
Southern California
by Lisa Dinsmore

louisecoffeeI LOVE breakfast! It’s my favorite meal of the day. How anyone can skip it is a mystery to me. However, the cost of it has gotten a bit out of hand at most places in LA, so we rarely go out to eat...

Read more...