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.