Get out of the Kitchen & Into the Studio – Lobster Rolls
One of the only fast food places I eat out is Panera Bread. I love their Salads, and their bagels are beyond addicting!! Last summer I popped in there for lunch, ordered a salad and then spotted their “Lobster Rolls” on a menu board. Wow did it look good!! I’m like, “Oh, Yeah!! I’m gonna get me some of that!” Sadly, since I had already ordered, I knew I had to wait until next time.
Well next time came at the end of the summer….I mean, I waited all summer long, just drooling for a Lobster Roll! All summer I could not get that darn thing off my mind!! I kept promising myself…telling myself, soon…soon. Finally, I found myself in Panera Bread again, determined to help myself to what I had only spent the whole summer thinking about! However, I came back to reality when I saw the price of said Lobster Roll! It was 18.00!!! Whaaaat? 18 dollars for a Lobster Roll? At Panera Bread?! I mean, Panera you are yummy…but you are no New England Restaurant!! I’m not sure Panera, that you can pull it off. Not 18 dollars worth-Pull-it-Off! I wasted all summer dreaming about something that I didn’t trust Panera to get 18 dollars worth right!
This summer, I took matters into my own hands…forget you Panera, I made my own Lobster Rolls!! And…It did NOT cost 18 dollars!
And even Better???
It took all of 5 minutes to prepare!!! Yep you heard right! 5 Minutes!!!
4 Cooked Lobsters (I buy mine from the fish department already steamed)
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
1/2 Cup Onion – Chopped
2 Large Celery Stalks – Diced
4 Rolls (Potato Hot Dog Buns work great)
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1. Chop Lobster into bite size pieces. Here is a trick to taking apart a lobster – Quick!! Use Kitchen scissors!!! Separate the tail from the head by twisting apart. (I discard the head) Remove the claws from the head. Using Kitchen scissors, cut the tail down the inside center (longwise) and remove the meat. Again, using the kitchen scissors, cut the claw pieces longwise…it is so easy to remove the meat whole that way. No messing with broken shells….and no trying to wrestle the meat out of the claw! Easy – Peasy!
2. Place cut lobster in bowl. Add the mayonnaise, juice from the lemon, parsley, onion, and celery. Stir to mix. At this point you can refrigerate the salad for about an hour to let the flavors marry. (it tastes better that way)
3. Slice each roll lengthwise. Brush the inside with melted butter and toast.
4. Line the inside of each roll with a few pieces of Boston Lettuce and fill with Lobster Salad.
* I serve my Lobster Rolls with Corn on the Cob!! Of course ’cause it’s summertime!! To make Corn on the Cob quickly, peel the corn and remove the silk, roll cob in a paper towel, then it can be cooked in the microwave for 1 to 1/2 minutes per ear.
9/11 Never Forget