7 August 2013

Lobster Roll with Shaved Fennel and Citrus

Lobster Roll with Shaved Fennel and Citrus
When August arrives it seems that summer begins to wind down. Not that there are not many gorgeous summer days to come but I find myself dreaming of early fall, cooler days, and the fall fair in late August just before the kids head back to school. It is inevitable when the temperature in Celcius has been in the high 30's for several weeks. It is natural to dream of corn on the cob, pogo sticks and cotton candy... some of my favourite fall fair food as a child.

Today you have healthier choices when attending your local fairs. Salads, grilled meats, lettuce wraps. Here at the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club we have dreamed up a menu on the healthier side. 

Thank you for joining us once again for this monthly event where a group of ladies and one gent in two neighbouring countries get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. In its fourth year this is a team effort where we continue to share a love for healthy eating and living. We look forward each month to strengthening our bonds, and enjoying each others company virtually. This month our supper club theme is 'Come to the Fall Fair' chosen by yours truly. These are just the types of foods I would love to see at our local agricultural fairs beginning at the end of the month.

Lets see what our group has brought along...

For the piece de resistance I brought along a LobsterRoll with Shaved Fennel and Citrus . In truth this was the best lobster roll I have personally ever tried. Jerry spent a few weeks on Cape Cod and he must try this and compare it to the lobster rolls he had on the East Coast.

Sarah of All Our Fingers in the Pie brings her own version of a lightened up Taco in a Bag with a Low Cal Twist.

Jerry of Jerrys, Thoughts Musings and Rants had a difficult choice of finding a healthy vegetable course but came up with a winning Grilled Corn onthe Cob with Roasted Jalapeno Butter.

Sandi of The Whistestop Cafe Cooking ends our meal with a bang with a verion I would love to see at our local fair... Caramelized Banana Sundae.

Lets go to the recipe..... 

**Lobster Roll with Shaved Fennel and Citrus**

3 cups coarsely chopped cooked lobster meat (about 3 [1 1/4-pound] lobsters)
3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
6 (1 1/2-ounce) hot dog buns

Combine lobster, mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons tarragon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and refrigerate.

Combine fennel, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, orange rind, and next 5 ingredients (through pepper).

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add buns to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Place 1/3 cup fennel salad in each bun. Top each serving with 1/2 cup lobster salad.

To Cook Lobster Tails:

Bring 6 to 8 cups of salted water to boil in a large pan for approximately 4 lobster tails. Be generous with the salt, but don't add more than 1 tablespoon.

Leave the lobster in its shell. It's customary to leave the shell on the lobster if you're boiling it. The shell will help impart flavor and make sure the meat of the tail doesn't fall apart while cooking.

Drop the tail(s) in the boiling water and reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about 1 minute per ounce of tail meat. For example, 10 oz. of tail meat needs to cook for 10 minutes. If you are cooking with 4 tails that each weigh 10 oz., don't cook the tails for 40 minutes; cook for 10 minutes!

If you are cooking a lot of tails (4+), add a minute or two on top of the original cooking time.

Once the lobster is cooked, crack the shell open with kitchen shears to make it easier to eat (optional). You can also do this with a knife, but be careful not to break apart the lobster meat as you cut through the shell.

Serves 6

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  1. That sounds really good! A wonderful combination. Fennel is such a versatile and flavorful vegetable.



  2. This is a favorite of mine, Val. I'll have to give your recipe a try. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I love lobster rolls, but I haven't had one since I moved from New England! :( This recipe has inspired me to make my own.

  4. You have an array of wonderful flavors in here, it wounds wonderful!

  5. Lobster and fennel? ... that is better than cotton candy and the ferris wheel at the Fall Festival!

  6. It's rare to see citrus in lobster rolls! Sounds like a fun twist!

  7. ooh, love the citrus and fennel salad here. I want tone!

  8. Do you know I've never had a lobster roll in my life? Yours looks and sounds so fresh and scrumptious. I will love to try it one day. :-)

  9. Oh boy ... lobster is bottoming out in price right now in New England! I am definitely making this for a special treat this weekend! Thanks for this winning take, Val!

    1. I found 2 east coast lobster tails for an unbelievable price.

  10. I would drive a very long way for a good lobster roll. Yours look fantastic Val.

  11. These lobster rolls look fantastic dear Val, Im absolutely hungry, well always happens me here LOL

  12. I've been thinking about lobster rolls a lot lately--and craving them! This sounds great with the fennel. Wish I could have one for lunch.

  13. I don't normally approve of non-traditional lobster rolls, but you may have converted me. Licorice-y flavors are so good with shellfish. Can't wait to try it.

  14. I haven't had a good lobster roll in years. The flavors sound so fresh in your recipe, Val, and I love the addition of fennel. What a treat this would be.

  15. We just returned from a trip to New England. Even Panera Bread had lobster roll on the menu! I would have never thought to add fennel but it sounds delicious!


  16. excellent job of elevating the lobster roll, val!

  17. MMMM -I wonder how this compares to all of those lobster rolls I ate on the Cape? I LOVE the addition of the fennel, mind you, we always like it when fennel is added to a recipe.

  18. Lobster is one of those things that we on the west coast just don't do as well as our eastern friends. Oh well. This posts helps soften the blow. GREG

  19. Oh my, this is such a treat! Your Lobster Roll sounds decadent yet very refreshing with the citrus. :) YUM! Wish I can have one now.

  20. Oh what I would give to eat this for lunch right now.

  21. This looks awesome. I love the combination of fennel and seafood.

  22. So many delicious 'fair' treats to choose from this month! Your photography skills are so beautiful shining through your posts Val! Love your dishes too!

  23. A nice version of a lobster roll...I love fennel and it goes so well with seafood.

  24. Piece de resistance is right. This takes lobster rolls to a new level. Love the addition of fennel.

  25. Would you believe I have never eaten a lobster roll? With lobster being fairly inexpensive lately there is now reason not to try this wonderful treat. I love the fennel in your recipe!


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