Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lobster Rolls

One of my all time favorite things is lobster rolls.  I usually hold out for our annual trip to New England to indulge but we aren't going this Fall.  As much as I love our annual trip to Salem, I end up missing a chunk of my favorite time of year.  So, this year I am staying home to enjoy all of October though I am going to throw a party.  Thus, I made lobster rolls yesterday.

Lobster rolls are served on split top New England hot dog buns.  You need a pan like this to make them or you could just use a rectangular pan but then you don't get the rounded tops. Who needs rounded tops anyway?

Pour 1 C. of water in your mixer bowl.  Add 2 T. softened butter, 2 tsp. rapid rise yeast, 2 T. sugar, 1/4 C. dry milk powder, 1/4 C. instant potato flakes, 1 large egg, 1  1/2 tsp. salt and 3 C. flour.  Knead until you have a smooth dough.  Place it in a greased bowl and let it rise until doubled.  After it has risen, smooth it out into a rectangular pan.  The pan is 12X8 inches.

Place a greased cookie sheet on top and weight it down with something like a heavy cast iron skillet.

Bake it at 375 degrees for about 20-25  minutes. 

Turn it out of the pan and cool on a rack.

Slice the buns apart and slice each bun down the middle from the top but do not cut all the way through the bun.

 Look....a thumb!!!  And it sort of works!  My wonky thumb still is numb and it does not work 100 % yet.  However, the moment I got the brace off, I made it do what it is supposed to do.  I don't even really think about it much anymore.  I do my own rehab on it and it is moving very well.  I notice almost constant improvement so hopefully one of these days it will be back to normal.

This is why the buns are made this way.  You have to spread them with melted butter and broil them until they are golden.


How I managed to place these side by side I will never know.  The lobster is mixed with just a bit of celery, a squeeze of lemon and the tiniest bit of mayo.  Add some salt and pepper and there you have it.  Serve it with some homemade potato salad and a homemade pickle and you have a piece of heaven on a plate.

16 comments:

Heather said...

Your lobster rolls look amazing!

I love your pan for baking the rolls. I am going to have to look for one now.

Patty Woodland said...

I do love a good lobster roll and that looks like perfection on a plate...

Barbara F. said...

I adore lobster, and have never tasted a real Maine lobster roll, but I am sure yours blows it out of the water. I am looking forward to reading about your party in the fall. I will enjoy being a 'virtual'guest. xo

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

I'm sure the Lobster Rolls are delicious but....

"THE STAR" of this post, is the PEEK at the THUMB! Wonderful, wonderful, that it is coming along.

HOORAY!

For so many of those, *little* things, which we use all the time, and never really appreciate them. Until..........


Repeat HOORAY!

Robin Larkspur said...

I can't believe you are not going to Salem this year!! But understandably. Congrats on the thumb improvement (2 thumbs up!!)
Yum, the lobster roll. I am sure Miss Teddy was very close by as you were doling out the lobster!

TARYTERRE said...

Going to ROLL. I am so making these. LOBSTER is my FAVORITE thing.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

Lobster rolls and po'boys are my absolute favorite sandwiches. Love the recipe for the rolls. Thanks!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

This looks just delicious and I know they don't just look delicious they taste it too :-) I haven't eaten yet and this made my stomach talk to me :-) I really need to go down to my fishermen friends soon!

Have a great day!
Christer.

laurie said...

oh my gosh I'm so glad your thumb works!!
Those are amazing rolls, you just always make the best things, gosh you go that extra step don't you, and lobster, wow, how posh is this, makes me so hungry, I think I just may try this, I don't have the pan though, I will make do!

Barb said...

Your lobster rolls remind me of trips I took to New England, my second favorite place in the world! I will miss your trip to Salem but can understand your thinking. That party should be wonderful!!!!!

Guillaume said...

Ah, lobsters! So cruel to cook, so delicious to eat. I had a lobster toasted sandwich one day in La Malbaie. It was good. I haven't eaten lobster since 1999 I think.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks yummy! Glad your thumb is healing nicely.

Nellie said...

Wow! What a wonderful plate!

I'm glad your thumb is returning to normal.

Ina in Alaska said...

Not a lobster fan but I am a fan of your improving thumb!! Glad for the ongoing improvement & that you continue to do everything you like to do without limits!

petoskystone said...

Yea! for healing thumbs. I love lobster rolls, just not the type you can get at a fair. Those just seem to pile in the sugar & mayo to the point of gloppiness.

SharleneT said...

Lobster rolls return me to my childhood but I've never had a recipe for the rolls, so a gazillion thanks for sharing this great recipe. The thumb looks great and hopefully will be much more serviceable in the months to come. Take care and come visit when you can.