It’s officially summer and nothing says summer in New England more than Lobster Salad! When asked by Kitchen PLAY and LAND O LAKES® to create a recipe using LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend, I jumped on the opportunity because outdoor dining is one thing Martha’s Vineyard is known for. Plus, it’s something that the hubby and I love to do on our Monday night off together.
So, on to my recipe. I’m going to assume that you’ve all had a Tuna Melt, right? If you haven’t, it’s basically a sandwich with tuna dressed in mayonnaise and stuffed between slices of bread and melted cheese. Well, I wanted to recreate the classic melt, but with a twist: lobster salad! It’s the summer, time to splurge and try new things, time to eat sweet lobster while sipping on some refreshing white wine, it’s time for you to make this Lobster Melt as soon as possible!
Now, lobster salad does have its requirements: don’t add too many ingredients, let the sweet lobster meat shine, use your favorite mayonnaise, and DONE. No, don’t add cilantro. No, you can’t add bacon (although that would be amazing and I would not be upset about that!) This is why I chose to make this recipe, because I wanted to showcase both the cheese and lobster meat in their simplest forms.
But like everything in life (or everything that’s worth it), the cheese also serves a purpose in this sandwich. Placing the cheese on BOTH sides of the bread allows for a sealed barrier of flavor so the lobster salad doesn’t make the bread soggy. This allows you to transport it to the beach or your next picnic without worrying about soggy bread! Love cheese with a purpose!
*Note: You can steam fresh lobsters and dice the meat into chunks when cool. Some retailers sell quality frozen lobster meat, so if you can get it, by all means do so. Also, this recipe is adapted from the one I make at work created by Chef Mark Chaput.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. All opinions given are my own.