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Recipe by Robin
Spending a week or two at the beach in summer can run into high accommodations costs, but you can keep food costs down. Find a place to stay with a 2-burner stovetop, fridge, and microwave, and eat like locals. Or camp and pack your ice chest and cook stove. Fruit and veggies from farm stands or farmers’ markets, along with fresh fish and shellfish from local sources can be prepared into 5-star cuisine for a fraction of what you’d pay at a restaurant. It helps to have these supplies: a sharp knife; a medium skillet; medium and large covered pots, a colander or large strainer, and a large bowl or two.
|Add Celery for Crunch if You Like|
We did the math on the lobster rolls, after paying $24 apiece for some rather skimpy and mayonnaise-y rolls at our favorite restaurant. For two motel room rolls we bought ½ lb. of fresh lobster meat at a local seafood market for $22.45. Two hot dog rolls, a bit of mayo and butter (to toast the buns) added less than a dollar to our cost. Our total spent per DIY lobster roll, eaten on our deck or at a picnic bench, was under $11.50, a savings of over 50%. Plus, our lobster rolls were bigger, fresher, and tastier than those that we had in restaurants.
Later summer and fall is the best time to eat lobster. Give this recipe a whirl next time you’re visiting New England. Or make up your own money-saving motel-made recipes using local resources—and let us know about them in a comment below.
½ lb. lobster meat
1 – 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. finely chopped celery (optional)
2 split-top (New England style) hot dog buns
1 – 2 tsp. butter
Pick through lobster and set aside a couple of whole claw sections. Cut and/or break up remaining lobster into bite-sized chunks, about ½ inch, or to your liking. Place in large bowl. Add mayonnaise, starting by stirring in 1 tbsp. Stir in more by half-tablespoonsful to taste. If desired, stir in finely chopped celery. We found that we preferred just lobster in our rolls, with salad or celery sticks on the side.
Melt butter in medium skillet over medium high heat. Place split top buns in pan on their sides and toast to golden brown. Flip to toast other side, adding more butter if needed. This whole process takes about 6 minutes, don’t overdo it.