We are starting the weekend early over here with my brother and sister-in-law an my niece who are arriving from out of town this afternoon. Today is my brother’s actual birthday, and while I have a birthday party planned for hime with a larger group of family members tomorrow night, I thought we’d have something special tonight as well. It’s a perfect meal for a hot summer night!
Lobster Rolls with Cape Cod chips and dill pickle spears
Aperol Spritz Martini
4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 English cucumber, diced
1 large tomato or one pint cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
3 scallions, chopped
~6 oz feta cheese
1/2 cup diced kalamata olives
1-2 TBSP fresh oregano, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil for toasting bread and drizzling over finished bruschetta
French baguette, sliced
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the oil, vinegar in a bowl. Dice the tomatoes, cucumber and scallions, and mix together with chopped kalamata olives and 1-2 TBSP fresh oregano.
Season with salt and set aside. Cut the baguette in 3/4″-1″ slices. Drizzle olive oil on top of the slices and toast in the oven for 5 minutes, until crispy.
Take out the sliced bread and top with the tomato cucumber mixture. Top with fresh feta crumbles and then drizzle with more olive oil. ENJOY!
***Alternately you can grill the bread for excellent results. Brush both sides of bread with 4 TBSP oil, and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.
(Adapted from Food and Wine)
This recipe serves 6.
1 1/2 lbs Fresh lobster meat (1 lb of lobster meat will yield about 4 lobster rolls)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup finely diced celery
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 top-split hot dog buns
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup shredded Boston lettuce
Blot the lobster well to get off any moisture. In a large bowl, mix the lobster meat with the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper, and add the celery lemon juice and cayenne.
Heat a large skillet. Brush the sides of the hot dog buns with the melted butter and toast over moderate heat until golden brown on both sides.
Transfer the hot dog buns to plates, fill them with the shredded lettuce and then the lobster salad, and serve immediately along with potato chips and pickle spears.
Aperol Spritz Martini
We enjoyed Aperol Spritz’s throughout our travels to Greece and Italy, and since I’m serving Greek Bruschetta, I thought this twist on the Spritz sounded like a perfect accompaniment. How fun to kick off the weekend with Prosecco and Aperol! CHEERS!
1 oz Aperol
1 oz vodka
4 to 6 TBSP (2 to 3 ounces) chilled prosecco
Freeze a martini glass for 30 minutes. Combine the Aperol and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake vigorously until completely chilled, about 30 seconds. Pour into the chilled martini glass. Top off with 4 to 6 tablespoons prosecco.