Lobster Rolls Royce – Not Your Average Sandwich

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to enter the Mystery Basket Giveaway and send your bribes before the deadline – Wednesday, May 28th at midnight (Eastern time). Whoever enters the contest late will be sent to an internet forced-labor camp i keep in the blog basement, duties include chopping vegetables, opening dozens and dozens of oysters and listening to my bad jokes – plus the occasional foot massage you’ll have to perform on me. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty! Be afraid, be very afraid!!

Take this lobster roll for example. If you look at the ingredients there’s a lot of chopping, dicing etc… All forced labor! Isn’t it great to be the Chef? You take all the credit and do nuthin’. I love it. Sometimes. Not really. Anyway, i wanted to leave you with some food until i announce the winner this week-end. Enjoy (i hope) my take on the All-American Lobster Roll. Yes i know, there’s proscuitto, capers and other goodies in it. Hmm.. let’s call it a Lobster Rolls-Royce then, or the perfect picnic!

Ooops, as i’m writing this post i realized i screwed up a little bit. Calling the contest a “Mystery Basket Giveaway” when i already revealed what’s in the freakin’ basket is kind of… wrong! Duh! Oh well. Anyway, I’ll make sure to add some mystery to the winning package because the Zen-man loves to be politically correct. Cheers!

Lobster Rolls Royce
(makes 4 servings)
  • 1 small carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 small celery stalk, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 small fennel, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cornichons
  • 1 tablespoon small capers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon
  • a few dash of Tabasco
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cooked lobster meat, cut into small chunks
  • 4 thin slices proscuitto
  • Four hot-dog buns
  1. Squeeze the carrot, celery and fennel between your hands to remove the excess liquid; transfer to a medium bowl. Add the mayonnaise, cornichons, capers, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, chives, tarragon, and Tabasco, and season with salt and pepper; mix well to combine. Toss in the lobster chunks and stir until mixed well.
  2. Open the hot dog buns and line with a slice of proscuitto and spoon the lobster filling into the center.
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  • glamah16

    I love capers more than olives. And when I was a little child I always had to order lobster.No childrens menue for me. So this to me is the ultimate sandwhich!So classy, waspy, and Zen Chef!

  • Helene

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ll like to have this for lunch tomorrow.

  • F.O.T.

    “because the Zen-man loves to be politically correct. Cheers!”

    For some reason, I read that sentence like this:

    Zen-man loves politically correct cheese.

    And then i thought to myself, what the hell is politically correct cheese?

  • Helen

    Never had one…ever…never….would you make me one if I bake the rolls? :)

  • Big Boys Oven

    oh did I hear lobster . . . wow my favourite ingredient! you are so adorable, well too bad I can’t taste the sandwich! :(

  • Peter M

    Nice, I’d even ad a squeeze od Sriracha in the dressing, non?

  • Elle

    mmmmmm….lobster….good stuff. You know, I’d sign up for your labor camp as long as you feed me.

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    You really take good care of yourself!… Lobster, Rolls Royce… Man you’ve got the live!

  • Rasa Malaysia

    Hey Chef, this looks so sinful with mucho lobster meat. I love it.

    BTW, I think you should audition for the next Top Chef, I would root for you.

  • AzAzura

    looking at the ingredients , i thought this is indeed a rolls royce

  • Nicole

    Looks amazing as usual. Wish you could make one up for me now. So burned out and now its time for dinner….

  • taste memory

    i actually like chopping, mincing + dicing but not too sure about the foot massage……is this all in one sitting or can I just get this to go?

  • Kevin

    That lobster roll looks so good!

  • Colloquial Cook

    Bouu, je n’ai jamais goûté de homard! on va mettre ça sur le compte de mon jeune âge… Ahah, toute mon éducation est à refaire!

  • Dhanggit

    i havent had anything yet…but simply staring on this sandwich makes me feel full already!! looks absolutely yummmy!!

    ps, wow im smitten by your souffle!!

  • Mike of Mike’s Table

    That looks like a killer sandwich. 😮 I’ll have to fix that up for lunch very soon–my tupperware of leftovers seems a little less exciting now.

  • canarygirl

    Zen…please help me up off the floor. I fainted when I saw your absolutely freakin amazing Lobster Roll. With caps. Cuz it deserves it.

  • Meghan

    I want to take a big ol bite of this!

    great recipe!

    I totally missed your contest… I’m headed to the foodblog workcamps.

  • Claude-Olivier

    héhé, un sandwich qui déchire, mais pour le coup j’aurais pris un autre pain..no ? ciao

  • b

    Yes, all the chopping in this recipe is exhausting even to read! Haha… yes, I’m a lazy, lazy girl when it comes to cooking. I have my “moments” though. And I’ll be sure to try this recipe when I’m in one of those laborious (wink) cooking moods! :)

    I can’t wait to see who wins the basket. Could it be me?! :)

  • We Are Never Full

    Ahhhh… you dare to tackle the controversial lobstah roll. LOOKS AMAZING.

  • Chicken & Waffles

    Goddam. Nothing says summer like a classic lobster roll! I’d make it myself but I really hate that whining squeal lobsters make when they get put into boiling water. It’s kind of like the end of the classic 50’s horror movie “The Fly.” If you listen closely, the lobsters also seem to be saying “Help Me” at an octave only dogs can actually percieve.

    Outside of that, I really love lobster rolls.

  • Cindy. Lo.

    I’m never a sandwich person but your lobster rolls royce might just changed my life completely!

  • Heather

    I love a seafood sammich, and this might come closer to my epic shrimp roll than I’ve ever been, M. Zen.

  • Lisa

    Oh, yum! I want to just lick my screen!

  • emiglia

    Wow… that looks incredible. You ever try the ones at “the Lobster Roll” on Long Island? If I could replicate those… well… they would lose a lot of business.

  • cakebrain

    I think your additions to the lobster roll are positively inspirational! I’d love a few of those sandwiches for a picnic on the beach. With a nice glass of wine.

  • foodhuntress79

    This is really mouth- watering, no kidding. I don’t always have this reaction to food in cookbooks, but this rolls royce lobster s’wich is good at extracting salivary juices. Oh, nevermind the chopping and the dicing…

  • Manggy

    Seriously drooling here! I’ve only had lobster exactly once in my life, but it’s forever been a sadly unrequited love affair. Uhh… I’d love to hire you, but maybe I can pay you in something other than foot rubs? Hahaha!

  • Kate / Kajal

    zen man, must say u’ve done very well with this sandwich. I’m yet to make one of these . And i surely will :)

  • Emiline

    Ha ha- mystery basket! You should still call it a mystery basket, since it’s fun.

    I’ve never had a lobster roll before! Soon…I promise.

  • Monica

    ohmygod that looks good…I think I love you, will you marry me?

  • Zen Chef

    Monica. Yes! Hahaha :-)