Lobster is a whopping $3.99 a pound at my local Market Basket. That’s all sorts of craziness. So, what’s for dinner tonight? Do I want to spend $2.99 per pound for chicken, $3.69 a pound for ground beef or do I want to spend $3.99 a pound and eat lobster?
What to do? What to do?
I think we’ll eat lobster. Matter of fact, I think we’ll be eating lobster regularly if it stays at $3.99 a pound. Lobster for breakfast, lunch and dinner works for me.
At first I thought I’d make lobster ravioli with some type of decadent cream sauce, but then I remembered that it’s sort of hot out. Homemade ravioli is work. Certainly not a fun project for a hot day.
So, I switched to lobster rolls. Easy to make like tuna salad, but wildly decadent. The perfect summertime New England meal.
The nice people at Market Basket steamed my five pounds of lobster. This makes life so much easier. All I had to do when I got home was crack those babies open. No pots, no stink, just hunks of sweet succulent lobster meat.
Lobster meat, some light mayo, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper, is all it takes to make a classic New England style lobster roll. Or lobstah roll as they call it in these here parts.
But the secret to a true lobstah roll is the buttered and grilled bun. If the bun isn’t buttered and grilled, it’s not the real deal.
Lay some lettuce on the bun, pile the lobster good and high, and say ahhh. Doesn’t that picture make you want to lick your monitor?
Oh, and what’s a lobster roll without homemade clam chowder? I mean, you might as well go all the way, right? It’s what any good New Englander would do.
Odds are good that you’ll see that chowder recipe in the not too distant future.
Classic New England Style Lobster Roll
4-5 1 1/4 pound lobsters; claw, tail, and knuckle meat removed and chopped
1/4 cup mayo
1 good squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Romaine or curly leaf lettuce
4 hot dog buns buttered and grilled
Mix lobster meat, mayo, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Lay lettuce on top of grilled buns and pile lobster meat on top. Devour. Serves 4.