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I dream about lobster rolls. Real ones. Loaded with lobster. I’ll take them with or without mayonnaise. My poor man’s lobster roll is not the real thing. It’s not supposed to be. But it is supposed to get as close to the flavor of the real thing without spending a lot of money. And for me, it works.
My poor man’s lobster roll is enough to get me by until I can head to Caplinger’s Fresh Catch here in Indianapolis for a fresh lobster roll. But I can enjoy my imitation version without shame. I don’t even have to close the drapes so no one notices that I’m using imitation lobster! Heck, it’s tasty!
I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.
Did you know that in some parts of the US McDonald’s has a lobster roll on their menu? Yep. So I made a copycat of that too!
Also try my copycat of Golden Corral’s crab salad.
Poor Man’s Lobster Roll
- 8 ounces imitation lobster chunky style
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon or more, to taste, crushed
- 1 stalk celery diced
- 1 medium lemon halved
- ¼ cup mayonnaise more or less, to taste
- Kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- 2 hot dog rolls split-top are best
- ½ tablespoon salted butter melted
- ½ tablespoon green onion sliced, for garnish
- Gently mix the lobster, tarragon, celery, juice of half of the lemon, mayonnaise together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir.
- Brush the outside of the rolls with the butter and place under the broiler or into 350 F oven until lightly toasted.
- Divide lobster mixture between the rolls. They'll be very full. That's good!
- Garnish with green onions. Serve with the remaining half lemon for juicing if desired.
Nutritional values are approximate.