Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chilled Lobster Salad with Lemon Dill Sauce

A delicious treat anytime! Fresh steamed lobster and a flavoured mayonnaise such as a delicate pernod-infused mayo or Lemon Dill Cream, and you have all the ingredients for a luscious lunch. A classic Lobster Salad usually combines the lobster meat with mayonnaise, fresh dill and lemon juice for a creamy combination typically served on a bed of lettuce, or spooned into a bun for a New England Lobster Roll. In this Chilled Lobster Salad, the classic ingredients are deconstructed, with the delicate sweetness of lobster taking centre stage. A dollop of mayonnaise, a sprig of fresh dill and a trio of lemon slices are nestled beside the lobster, for a redux version of the classic original. And instead of a bun — an elegant Martini glass. Served with a glass of chilled Rosé and a simple green salad, and you have an easy, healthy and delicious lobster-fest.

Chilled Lobster Salad
Serves 2

2 1-pound lobsters, cooked and shelled
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
Fresh dill, for garnish

Place the small pieces of lobster meat in the bottom of 2 decorative serving glasses, then artfully position the tail meat so that it folds over the rim. Place the remaining claw meat beside the tails, then spoon a dollop of flavoured mayonnaise or dill cream in the centre (see recipes below). Garnish with some lemon wedges and a sprig of dill and serve.

Lemon Dill Cream
Makes 1 cup 

1 cup sour cream
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pernod Mayonnaise
Makes 1 cup

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Pernod

Whisk both ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.