Eating lobster is usually a luxury for us – reserved for special occasions or a special and delicious treat! But thanks to a glut of Maine lobsters this summer – prices at the market for lobster here in New England are at record lows, so we’ve been eating (and thoroughly enjoying) this delicious seafood quite a bit!
A classic meal here in New England is the Lobster Roll! Although the original Maine lobster roll is simply cooked lobster meat and melted butter on a buttered and grilled hot dog roll, most restaurants make a New England lobster roll with a lobster salad made with a mayonnaise base. Today’s recipe is our version of the classic New England lobster roll similar to those served in local area restaurants.
The trick to making the perfect New England lobster roll is to keep it simple. The flavor of lobster is so delicious and so unique, that you don’t want to over-complicate the recipe too much with flavors that will overwhelm your lobster salad. Just a touch of mayonnaise and lemon juice along with some finely chopped celery, parsley and scallion are the perfect complement to the fresh lobster meat. My husband Jack also adds a touch of hot sauce (we used sriracha) which brightens up the flavors of our New England lobster roll, but adding it is optional.
To make a truly classic New England lobster roll, split-top hot dog rolls are the time-honored choice for the bread. The split-top hot dog rolls are baked together so that when they are pulled apart, there is no outer crust on the sides of the roll.
Around New England, split-top rolls are easy to find, but if you can’t find them in your area, any side-cut hot dog roll will work just as well.
Served with sliced fruit or coleslaw – these New England lobster rolls are a classic taste of New England!
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