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Jun012010

Classic New England Lobster Rolls

Long holiday weekend.  Gorgeous weather-sunny, breezy, 70 degree temps.  Family, good food, a deck in the shade, kids and dogs playing in the yard.  After dark, marshmallows get toasted over the fire to be made into s’mores. Bring on the giant sparklers and other assorted loud goodies.

Classic New England Lobster Roll

It just doesn’t get any better than that.

But I may be able to sweeten the deal a bit with these Classic New England Lobster Rolls.  Yeah, I’m sure I can!

Before I go any further, I’d like to take a  moment to thank all of the men and women that have served, and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.  It’s because of you that we have the freedom we are so blessed with.  Thank you for your sacrifices.

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One thing that makes long holiday weekends so much fun is the food.  Yes--it’s a great time to indulge in the things we don’t have on a regular basis.  Being a born and bred New Englander, one thing that’s always been an indulgent treat is the Lobster Roll.  Well, I’ll clarify…as a kid, I wouldn’t touch these with a ten foot pole!  Fried clams, either.  But now?  It’s a whole new ball game.  Bring ‘em on, baby!

There are rules for the Classic New England Lobster Roll.  It can’t  be helped.  We’re a stubborn bunch and don’t like messing with perfection.  In fact, I don’t think you can stay here more than one or two days and not have a lobster roll.  I’m pretty sure there’s a Lobster Roll Patrol, and they’ll find you.  If you haven’t had one yet, you’d better get to it, or they’ll force you to find one or leave the vicinity.   If you’re allergic to shellfish?  I think we can fix that with NH maple syrup.  (I’m obviously not a doctor and I don’t really recommend you try curing seafood allergies with maple syrup.  Seriously!)

Boiled Maine LobsterCan't eat me? Try maple syrup! (Kidding!)

Don’t even think of being a weenie and asking for more mayo, or spices or hot sauce or anything that’ll change the perfection that is the New England Lobster Roll.   You’ll be scoffed at.  We may comply, because though we’re stubborn, we’re super nice, too.  We. Can’t. Help. It!

“What’s the big deal about New England Lobster Rolls,” you ask?  I’ll tell you.  It’s rich, sweet lobster-caught fresh right off the coast.  The lobster meat is tenderly broken into bite sized pieces.  Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over it.  Mayo is next--bring out the Hellman’s and bring out the best!  (This may just be my personal preference.  But I’ll hunt down and torture anyone that tries to use that other sweet sandwich “spread.”)  Now, just add a touch of mayo!  Lobster salad shouldn’t be white from too much mayo.  Let the lobster take center stage here.  A bit of finely diced celery--just for some crunch.  That’s it!  I may even be breaking the law using a lettuce leaf in each one, but I needed to keep the buns from getting soggy while taking photos.

You’d also better be having it on a top loading hot dog roll, too!   Why?  So you can grill the sides and make it buttery and toasty, that’s why.  Again, it’s perfection, and you can’t mess with it.

Classic New England Lobster RollGet your rolls nice and golden brown! Oooh, crispy, buttery edges...

Super easy recipe!

Classic New England Lobster Rolls
makes about 4-5 rolls

4 small-ish to medium-ish lobsters, boiled and taken apart (this should give you about 1-1/4 pounds of meat)
NOTE! It's really nice to keep the claw meat as intact as possible, to top each roll with.
One lemon
Mayonnaise
One stalk of celery, ends trimmed and finely diced
Top loading hot dog rolls
Butter for grilling rolls
Optional: 4-5 romaine lettuce leaves

In a bowl, squeeze half the lemon (about 2 tablespoons of juice) over the lobster meat.  You can add more later if you like.
Throw the celery in.
Add 1-2 (maybe 3) tablespoons of the mayo.  It may not seen like much, but once you stir to coat, it blends in nicely.
Stir ever so gently, so you don't bruise the tender lobster meat.
Set aside.
In a skillet, melt a few tablespoons of butter.  Add the rolls, and get them nice and golden brown on one side, then flipping them to the other side to brown.  Add more butter, if need be.

If using the lettuce, line each roll with one leaf.
Spoon in some of the lobster meat.
Top each roll with a meaty claw.

Sit back and enjoy the heavenly, sweet, succulent Classic New England Lobstah Roll!
And don't mess with it!  Resist the urge to add more stuff.  Remember--how do we usually eat lobster meat?  Just as-is, with drawn butter.  That's it.  Adding any more to this delicacy will cover up the flavor of the lobster meat, which is the star here.

Classic New England Lobster RollYeah. We're perfect. Don't mess with us!

Here are some photos of Memorial Day in NH:

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Reader Comments (56)

A very, very important summer recipe. Thank you!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

Thank you, El!

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

I want to come to your house next Memorial day!!!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDragon

jealous jealous jealous.
being on a budget cramps my eating (read: gorging) style. i love lobster and i just bet having it in a lobster roll is just decadent!

this may be a dumb question but is lobster meat buyable, like just itself and not the shell...
i mean, we can buy crabmeat and shrimp...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLan

I really would like to call you a bad name right now... because these look so damn good, and I'm extremely jealous, but I'll be polite and just say, "Those look delicious!" Can't wait to get back there... soon... to make my own!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ RecipeGirl

Paula--Labor day good for you?

Lan--you can buy it that way, but it was, this weekend--$13.99 for a very small can. For $28, we got 4 small lobsters. It may be worth it to check sales, and just buy a small one-I'll bet you'd have enough meat for 2 rolls.

Lori--haha! You'll be in the area this summer, and then you can stuff your face with these. Patience, grasshoppah. ;)

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

I can't let MJ anywhere near your blog - if he sees this, he'll be knocking on your door in 10 seconds! Whenever we go to New England, the first thing we have to do is find him a lobster roll! He'd totally love yours!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

Renee--thank you, sweetie! I'm glad you and MJ would approve. It's the first time I make them!

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Oh my GOODness I'm drooling! I'm so picking up some lobstahs and making these.. won't be soon enough though!

Oh My Word!!! That is the most amazing lobster roll I have ever seen.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTickled Red

Paula and Tickled Red--thank you both so much! :)

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Oh drool...please pass me a few of those thru the screen.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Jessica--Couple of lobstah rolls, coming up! ;)

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

That sound you just heard was me fainting...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Heather-I'll wave a lobster roll under your nose to revive you. Who needs smelling salts, anyway?

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Oh wow what a treat this is. Wish I had access to the kind of seafood you have access to! Yum!

Your weekend sounds like it was about as perfect as can be!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Kristen, I am very blessed to live where I do! Yes, it was a perfect weekend. Thank you!

June 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

It sounds like heresy, but I have never had a lobster roll (gasp). Here in the PNW it is salmon, salmon and more salmon. Where's the lobsters?

Those look absolutely scrumptious!!!

Oh. My. WORD. Gorgeous pictures and holy lobstah, that roll looks good!!!! We have a place in our little town (literally, the name is The Place) and it's outdoor seating "put your rump on a stump" under a tent and they grill lobsters over an open pit and it's heaven.

The weather was a little piece of heaven this weekend, wasn't it!?

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

Fantastic meal for summer!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Beautiful area up that way and lucky you with the lobster rolls! I would definitely have one EVERY day on my visit so no need to release the patrol LOL!! Have a great week!

Oh my god they look insanely amazingly delicious!!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Bowl Of Mush

That's a huge claw there. Perfect for two big bites!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Duo Dishes

There's nothing more appealing than eating lobster rolls in the summer at a seaside resort and your version is really special. I love that humongous claw in the gorgeous pictures you shot - and the small town photos of Memorial Day are great too.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterciaochowlinda

Oh I am just dying here!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Kristen--salmon's good, too! Maybe you'll just have to visit New England for an authentic lobster roll. ;)

April--I love the name of the restaurant! Yes, it was an absolutely perfect weekend. As always, thanks for your kind words!

Maria--thank you!

Mary--whew, you'd be safe from the long claw of the law, hehe!

Bowl--thank you so much!

Duo--they were big claws--we lucked out!

Linda--thank you very much!

Kathy--quick, I'll beam you one!

Thank you everyone, for your kind words and comments!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

OMG - those look sooo good. I've never had a lobster roll before ... but I know I'm going to have to try one ASAP... they look fabulous. I've never heard of top loading hot dog buns before ...

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

oh, that looks so delicious!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I saw a pbs sandwich documentary a few years back... a famous lobster sandwich in maine, can't remember for the life of me what the shop was called. watching it, I just wanted to hop on a plane and go get one of these. Yours looks exactly like it... drool!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Monki Dan

I think I was a New Englander in a previous life! Born in Philly, but had my first lobster roll two years ago while on vacationing on Cape Cod.... Nothing like it!!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPB

Now, this is one stylish & elegant lobster sandwich!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...!!!

Beautiful pictures too!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

These look delicious Elle! Being in the only landlocked New England state, you don't see these much around these parts - so maybe I need to come over to your house next time you're having them - and I'll bring the hard cider!

Also loved your description of New Englanders, so true! Proud to be a Damn Yankee!

Oh, to be in (New) England and be able to eat luscious New England lobsters... this look fantastic and now I'm drooling darn you!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

That looks soooo yummy - makes me homesick even more where I can be a Yankee without shame and a where a good meal is lobster, clams and more lobster and clams!!

Thanks for sharing

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam K

thanks for the sweet comments, everyone!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

it souds good, I'll tray! if you are intrested also in tipical italian food take a look at my blog:
http://visitpiedmont.blogspot.com/

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfabrizio

We make the trip to Maine to visit family about every three years and our mouths are always salavating for a lobster roll as we leave the driveway here in the Midwest. Our local grocer got in a few cases of Canadian Lobsters last week - medium size, fully cooked and frozen. Sale - $5/lobster ! I've saved your Classic New England Lobster Roll recipe for a couple months now - savoring the idea of making my own.

Hot Dog! When I saw the sale, I just had to give it a whirl - including the lettuce! (Your picture was great by the way) Today was that glorious day with Lobster Rolls for lunch! What a treat! We've also gone back to the grocer to stock the freezer!! Sorry to say that I couldn't get the typical New England HD Bun, but a soft deli roll also worked. It was split however with no pocket, but I was still able to grill each side. I didn't want to miss a step. I just kept my eyes closed when eating, as my imagination went to work! It was a true delight! And if we don't make it to New England this Fall, I'll just make me another wonderful Lobster Roll.

Checking on the calorie, carb and fat guide, it's probably one of the healthiest dishes to eat and it also contains many necessary vitamins. With that, I purchased more!!

Our many thanks for writing such an enjoyable and witty article with pictures that were guaranteed to wet the appetite! Thanks a bunch, Elle!


barbwright@charter.net

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarb Wright

Hello Barb!

I'm so happy that you got some lobsters in your area--and what a sale! Don't worry about the bun, it's perfectly fine--and really who cares what vehicle you end up using to carry the tender lobster to your mouth, right? The filling is the important part!

Thank you so very much for coming back to leave a comment and fill me in on your lobster roll adventure! And also for the lovely and kind words. It's truly appreciated!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Thanks Ellle, you're so right ~ I might add that our local grocer who so kindly carries this wonderful lobster is KROGERS which I'm sure can be found in many of the areas that aren't quite so lucky as to have fresh lobster just outside their back doors! We certainly thank them for carrying the product and hope that maybe this will become an outlet for many others here online who are 'hankerin' for the tasty treat! And if you don't see it there, ask the manager - they are more than willing to help please you for just the asking! Yea KROGER!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Yes--give them a shout out, for sure! :)

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Wow!!! I'm from Maine and Maine lobster rolls are one my all-time favorites!
So easy to make at home too, nice post!
Lisa
xo

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa@bakedinmaine.com

Hi Ellie . . We were looking for a New England Hot Dog Bun Pan (15-1/2 x 6-1/2 pan) which makes ten buns. Couldn't find on ebay. Are there any outlets in your area that you know of where I might get one.
Got the lobster - need the bun!! Barb

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Hi Barb!

I did a quick check on King Arthur Flour.com, and they have them. Here's the link:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/classic-new-england-hotdog-bun-pan

Enjoy and have fun!

Elle

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Thanks a bunch Elle . . .That contact will be perfect for purchasing the pan and it looks and sounds like commercial grade. I see they even have a very complete recipe for the buns! Well, our mouths are starting to water! My Kroger Manager, who also happens to be a very close friend, tells me that the lobsters will be on sale again next week! Just making sure we're totally prepared for the feast this time!!

Thanks ever so much for getting us started on lobster rolls in the midwest. Never thought it could happen! Barb

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Barb,

Oh, you're so lucky! I'm still craving these--we haven't had any since...June! Wow, that time flew by, didn't it?

Enjoy your feast!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Have you ever seen Martha Stewart's recipe for "authentic Maine lobster roll?" Can't remember all the stuff she added, and I don't know whether you'd laugh or cry, but she certainly doesn't stick to the simple Maine way. Quite the travesty.

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Oh my heaven does that look amazing!!! I have never had a lobster roll. I can't believe it. I'm totally missing out.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAggie

Obsessed with lobster rolls...this has me so excited for summer!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFeast on the Cheap

I *need* to make these for hubs!

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