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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Not Your Father's Lobster Roll

Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter
Adapted from Gourmet
4 (1 1/4-to 1 1/2-LB) live lobsters
3 TBS fresh lemon juice
1/3 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 Cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 Cup finely chopped peeled celery
1/4 Cup celery leaves
1/4 Cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 Stick unsalted butter
3 Garlic cloves, smashed
6 Hot dog buns, preferably top-split

Every July, for as long as I can remember, we celebrated my dad's birthday with a lobster dinner.  It was always a special treat I looked forward to since we never ate much seafood at home.  Somewhere down the road though there was a slight change in this tradition which all started with these lobster rolls from  Gourmet.  We were hooked after one bite!

I can't take credit for actually making this lobster salad since dad did all the work here, but it's definitely a Hungry Yuppie all-time favorite.  What makes this recipe stand out is the simple lemony dressing, fresh herbs and garlicky grilled bun.  Seriously, these blow away any of those $20+ rolls you've ever had with too much mayo and not enough meat.

Prepare a grill for direct-heat cooking over medium heat.

Plunge 2 lobsters headfirst into a large pot of salted boiling water and cook, partially covered, over medium-high heat for 8-9 minutes. Transfer with tongs to an ice bath and let cool completely. Return water to a boil and cook and cool remaining 2 lobsters. Remove meat from claws, joints, and tails. Coarsely chop meat.

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, and 1/2 TSP salt in a large bowl. Whisk in scallions, celery, celery leaves, and parsley, then add lobster and gently toss. Season with salt.

Melt butter with garlic in a small saucepan over low heat, mashing garlic with a spoon.

Brush inside of buns with garlic butter. Grill, buttered side down, until golden, about 1 minute.

Fill buns with lobster.  Devour.

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The Hungry Yuppies, Annie and Rich, are a young couple from CT who are self-proclaimed foodies. Annie is the chef, and Rich is her willing taste tester. Juggling a full time job in the city wasn't going to get in the way of Annie's love for cooking. It's about eating well whether you have just 30 minutes on a Monday night, or all day on a rainy Sunday.