This recipe is dedicated to all of the East Coasters who moved to the West Coast. Living in San Francisco, I just don’t have access to quality, fresh lobster (without dropping $100+). Thankfully, Trader Joe’s came through with cooked and frozen langostino tails.
I admit I’m a bit of a seafood snob, it kind of comes naturally when you’re from Nova Scotia. I was hella sceptical the first time I made this Cheaters “Lobster Roll”, but was THRILLED with the results!
This is adapted from @chefcraigflinn recipe in his cookbook “Out of New Nova Scotia”. It would be impossible to speak about the Nova Scotian food scene without mentioning Craig. His cooking is such a beautiful reflection of Nova Scotian ingredients and traditions, all while pushing the boundaries with his knowledge and elegant flair. I reach for his book often, especially when I’m feeling a tad homesick. CLICK HERE to grab your copy of his book. You won’t regret it! Promise.
Cheaters “Lobster Roll” (Langostino)
- 1 large bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 large spoon
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp tabasco
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard I prefer a coarse grain
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- ⅛ cup fresh chives chopped and packed
- 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped and packed
- ¼ cup celery finely diced or minced; save the leaves and mince as well
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- ¾ lb cooked langostino tail meat chilled; see note
- ¾ cup shredded lettuce iceberg or romaine
- 2 French-style Brioche Buns may sub white sandwich rolls or hot dog buns; see note
- In a medium or large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Add in celery (and leaves), chives, and dill; mix to combine.
- Line each roll with shredded lettuce and divide lobster mixture among rolls. Serve with lemon wedges (and potato chips if you really want to go the extra mile).