If you want a special treat with little prep time try serving lobster rolls. You can substitute crabmeat, shrimp, tuna fish or cooked chicken for those who don’t like lobster. In most recipes substitution is the name of the game for me, and if I don’t say anything then nobody knows, although I would not substitute chicken for lobster and try to call it a lobster roll.
If you don’t have fresh lobster in your area I suggest ordering fresh lobster meat and have it delivered to your door. If you order live lobsters to cook, they could end up at your doorstep about midnight and then you might feel obligated to cook them right away taking the easiness out of this recipe. Also, a pound or two of fresh lobster meat is less expensive to ship.
1 pound fresh lobster meat into small bite sized pieces (or frozen if fresh is not an option)
1 stalk celery, chopped very fine – optional
If you chop the celery very fine the result is extra flavor and a delicate texture. A sharp knife is critical to cutting celery that fine.
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (Hellman’s Real mayo is gluten-free) adjust amount to your liking
or melt ¼ cup butter in a saucepan, add the lobster and heat but be careful not to cook the lobster.
The delicate flavor of the lobster can easily be hidden by the addition of strong spices or fresh herbs, so if you decide to add some other ingredients try a minimal amount.
6 – 8 Gluten-free hot dog rolls, spread with a little butter on each side and brown in a fry pan or in the broiler.
Fill the rolls with the lobster mixture and serve with an easy side salad of mixed greens and fresh blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, with a simple olive oil and white balsamic vinegar dressing. Add a few sticks of fresh carrots, a few chips, and iced-tea with lemon. It’s pretty and festive.
Tip: Have a few hot dogs handy in case someone doesn’t like lobster and enjoy the extra lobster yourself.
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