Friday, June 3, 2011

Lobster Rolls (Sandwiches de Langosta)

A lobster roll is a sandwich filled with lobster meat. They are originally from New England, specially the State of Maine in the US and the maritime provinces of Canada, particularly Nova Scotia, where they are a staple summer meal, even McDonald's serve its own version. Now that the Lobster season is here you can make this delicious rolls and enjoy them for a perfect picnic or summer meal.

Ingredients for 6 servings

2 pounds live lobster
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 finely diced celery
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 chives finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
6 New England Style hot dog buns (top-split)
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper
potato chips & pickles to serve

Prepare a large bowl or pot with iced water. In a stock pot, boil salted water and cook the lobster for 10 minutes until they turn bright red. Remove from the boiling water using thongs and plunge into the iced water for 2 minutes.

Remove from the iced water twists off the lobster tails and claws, and using a cleaver to crack, remove the meat from the claws, knuckles and tails. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch dice. Discard the intestines, and clean the carcasses that you may wanna keep to make lobster broth.

In a bowl, combine the lobster, celery, mayonnaise,chives, lemon juice, cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic and chill for 1 hour.

In a non stick pan or cast iron skilled over medium heat, melt the butter and butter both sides of the buns. Grill on both sides until lightly brown.

Fill the buns with the lobster salad and serve with chips and pickles.