Our local Whole Foods advertised a 1-day lobster tail sale on Saturday. The price of lobster had kept me from purchasing in the past and I guess I never thought of an occasion special enough to make it. I had to jump on this deal, though. After picking up my CSA at the farmers market, I made a trip to Whole Foods. I couldn’t get lobster rolls off of my mind. Every summer, someone posts a beautiful New England vacation on Instagram or a blog and inevitably there is a dreamy picture of fresh lobster meat tucked into a buttery roll. That’s when I get really jealous. One summer I’ll get back to New England, but until then, I now know how to make a proper lobster roll.
I brought my beautiful tails home and did some quick research on how long to cook the tails. I remembered a simple recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP blog and read over the easy directions. You start with bay leaves and peppercorns in the water to help flavor the lobster meat. It might seem like that little step couldn’t yield much of a result, but the aromatics are the perfect complement to the sweet seafood.
I removed the tails from the water and let them cool until I could safely handle them. I snipped into the soft underside of the tail with kitchen shears and the incredible scent of fresh lobster hit me. I was instantly taken back to the Maine vacation I took with my family years ago. My Dad, the lobster lover, had lobster every night. I remember how each restaurant seemed to have a 2 lobster meal on the menu for under $20. I can’t remember what I ate on that vacation. I was a little iffy on seafood back then and I’m sure I wasted the opportunity to eat the freshest seafood. I was more interested in begging for a hunter green windbreaker and short set that had an iridescent shimmer. Unfortunately, my parents gave in and bought me that outfit.
Maybe I should start a tradition where we pick an average summer weekend, make these lobster rolls and talk about the things that make us happiest in between big bites of this sandwich. You know, like a summer Thanksgiving. Who’s with me?