These, to me, are among the most perfect of summer foods. Ideally they are eaten outside in the sunshine, at a venue with ocean views, but they’re terrific anywhere.
For the filling:
1 lb. lobster meat. Try to get a cooked lobster if you can, take off the shell, and peel off the meat in chunks. You can use canned, but…You could also steam your own lobster but that is not for the squeamish. You can sometimes find frozen lobster tails, and those work, but you have to steam the tails and cook them yourself.
Some mayo but not too much. You just want it as a binding agent and you want to create as lobster-y a filling as you can.
A little lemon juice.
Some diced celery if you want. This really isn’t necessary but I do it if I have celery I want to use up.
Some salt and pepper if you think it tastes better that way, but, again, optional.
6 New England-style hot dog buns. These differ from regular hot dog buns in that their sides don’t have a crust. If you can’t find these, cut the side crusts off regular hot dog buns.
A little butter.
Potato chips, preferably the Cape Cod brand, because you are going for A Theme.
If you want to go all out, buy some small plastic baskets. You can find these sometimes in dollar stores, I don’t know why. Line these with wax paper, for serving.
Mix the lobster meat the mayo, and the lemon juice, and the celery and salt and pepper if using. Refrigerate so that it gets good and cold.
Butter the hot dogs buns on both sides and fry them for a minute or two on both sides so they’re nice and crisp. Fill with your lobster mix and place in the wax-paper-lined plastic baskets. Serve the Cape Cod Potato Chips™ alongside. For drinks, Sam Adams beer of course. If there’s no convenient dock nearby, tune in a Red Sox game and cheer for them, even if you despise them, as I do. If you have no patience for baseball, try to find a “Muder, She Wrote” rerun and watch that.
Fair warning: Though this recipe couldn’t be simpler, it’s among the most expensive things I make, because the price of lobster meat is astonishingly high.