- 1 freshly cooked lobster, about 2 lb. total (about 1/2 lb. meat)
- 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
- 2 Tbs. crème fraîche
- 2 Tbs. finely chopped celery
- 1 Tbs. minced shallot
- 2 cornichons, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh tarragon
- 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 mini brioche rolls, split
- 1 small head Bibb lettuce
In a bowl, combine the lobster meat, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, celery, shallot, cornichons, tarragon and lemon zest. Stir gently to blend and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Butter the cut side of each roll. Place the rolls, buttered side down, in the pan and toast until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Transfer the rolls to a work surface and spoon about 3 Tbs. lobster mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Add a few lettuce leaves. Top with the remaining roll halves, secure with a toothpick if you like and serve immediately. Serves 8.
Variation: You can make an assortment of sandwiches on tiny rolls for a picnic. Somehow their small size makes them more appealing. Other favorites are roast chicken breast with arugula on buns spread with herb butter, and mixed roasted vegetables on buns spread with aioli. You can vary the size, too. Use 4 standard brioche rolls and serve the sliders as a main course for 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).