BLAT (Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato) Lobster Roll

Fresh from Breakwater Fish and Lobster Market

Fresh from Breakwater Fish and Lobster Market in Brewster!

I gave myself an A+ this special evening! A few weeks back the Hardee/Yelle family found themselves in a villa at the lovely Ocean Edge Resort, located in the darling Cape Cod village of Brewster (more on that sweet place later!). Friday night we cooked in, a virtual feast actually, including this local lobster. Since the Yelles moved to Boston I’ve become hooked on addicted to lobster rolls, enjoying at least one each and every visit. So I decided to make my own this time around, with Marc’s most capable assistance. We all decided that it deserves at least four Michelin Stars! Stay Calm and Dig In.

I KNOW! It looks too good to be real. I promise it is tho.  ©PEGhardee

I KNOW! It looks too good to be real. I promise it is tho. ©PEGhardee

Meat from 2 boiled lobsters, chopped in large pieces
5 slices cooked bacon, chopped
4 leaves Boston Bibb lettuce
1 avocado, cut in chunks
2 tomatoes, cut in chunks
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 Tbs celery leaves, chopped
2 Tbs chopped fresh basil
1 Tbs chopped fresh chives
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs butter
4 long split rolls

Combine mayo, celery, celery leaves, basil, chives, and lemon juice in large bowl.
Add in lobster, bacon, avocado, and tomatoes.
Toss gently.
Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat.
Split rolls and toast inside part in butter about 2 minutes.
Place lettuce leaf inside roll.
Top with lobster mixture.

Of course you may delete the roll if you are watching your carb intake. Simply serve the lobster mixture on a bed of lettuce, as I did here! PS…sorry the pics aren’t terrific. They were taken with td’s phone!

A bit of extra avocado AND a claw on the side!

A bit of extra avocado AND a claw on the side!

BLAT Salad

All of your favorite things, just not the bread! I guess I’m on a bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato kick. Continuing the love here, salad form. Oh, and I just saw a BLAT Lobster Roll recipe in a recent issue of Food Network Magazine. Can’t WAIT to create it with local lobstah” when our family meets at The Cape later this month. Drink, Eat, & Carry On!Salad BLTA8 oz fat free sour cream
1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 t dried basil
1/8 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
2 large heads of red leaf lettuce, torn into small pieces
12 slices precooked bacon, warmed and crumbled
6 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 avocados, pitted, peeled and either sliced or chopped.

Stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, salt, pepper and garlic powder until well blended.
Layer lettuce, bacon, tomato, and avocado in a wide shallow bowl, or large platter.
Drop mayonnaise mixture in dollops evenly over avocado.
Cover and chill salad at least 2 hours.

Serves 8.

*Author’s Note: This is really beautiful presented untossed. I prefer for guests to see it in its glorious layers, and then serve it or toss it in front of them!

BLAT Egg Sandwich

Burned up the skyways and highways this past weekend, sharing fun times and special occasions with fab friends (more on that coming soon). Arrived home safely late Sunday afternoon to find a new carton of Ben’s Leggett Farm fresh eggs patiently waiting for attention, well yearning actually. Made this yummy BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) sandwich, topping it up with a fried egg. I used my homemade 1000 Isle dressing (recipe soon) rather than mustard or mayo this time around. Delightful change, and the perfect “in your pj’s Sunday night” sustenance.  Out of the frying pan and onto the BLAT!Sandwiches BLAT Egg2 Arnold sandwich thins
4 large leaves of romaine lettuce
1 tomato, sliced thinly
6 slices of precooked bacon, heated
1 avocado, sliced
2 eggs, fried or scrambled individually
1 Tbs light cream cheese
1 Tbs homemade 1000 Isle dressing

Spread bread with cream cheese and dressing.
Place 2 lettuce leaves on bread.
Place 3 tomato slices on top of lettuce.
Place 3 slices of bacon on top of tomato.
Top with slices of avocado.
Top with egg.
Top with another slice of bread.

PS. the don wanted his egg scrambled!Sandwiches BLAT Egg II