Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Kerber's Farm Cookbook: Lobster Rolls

Kerber's Farm of Huntington, New York (on Long Island) has become a national brand through its products sold in stores such as Williams-Sonoma and Neiman Marcus, but its roots trace back to a simple farm and roadside country market first opened in 1941.

Over the years it's made an indelible impact on locals including Nick Voulgaris, who frequented the farm as a child, and purchased it in 2013 before it was converted into condominiums. In addition to Kerber's Farm products available nationwide, starting next week on September 17th The Kerber's Farm Cookbook will be for sale!

With this book in hand old fans and new will be able to recreate many of the beloved favorites on the Kerber's Farm menu including their lobster rolls recognized as one of the state's best by The New York Times, and even Oprah's favorite Kerberry Pie.

There are many mouthwatering, seasonal recipes within the pages of this beautifully photographed book. I have bookmarked several to try, including the decadent Mac and Cheese Pie, and the comforting Carrot and Chicken Soup.

Since it's still summer, I simply couldn't resist indulging in homemade Lobster Rolls featuring cool lobster salad studded with crunchy celery, served atop a bed of lettuce, and nestled in a buttered, griddled Martin's potato roll.

You can easily take a shortcut with your lobster rolls as I did, having your local seafood market or supermarket steam your lobsters for you if they offer this service. It was free for me, and I was relieved not to have to cook the lobster myself, which is not something I particularly enjoy doing.

I purchased a single lobster, and halved the recipe to yield 2 rolls. The result is a classic New England summer mainstay that pleases the palate, and will easily be a recipe I turn to in future summers when craving lobster.

The book itself is a seasonal treasure I plan to revisit throughout the year. I'm already looking forward to fall and the Apple Cider Pork Chops with Pear Sauce! The recipes are simple and approachable, with easy to source ingredients, making this an unpretentious farm-to-table cookbook ideal for all cooking skill levels.

Lobster Rolls
Serves 4
(From The Kerber's Farm Cookbook)

2 (1 1/2 pound) Maine lobsters
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
Pinch of salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) salted butter, softened (I used approximately half, and felt it was enough)
4 Martin's hot dog potato rolls
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (I used shredded Romaine)

In a large pot on high heat, bring 8 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Place lobsters in the water and allow them to cook for several minutes. When they float to the top, they are ready. Using tongs, remove them from the pot and cool under cold water. (Alternatively your seafood market or supermarket seafood counter may steam the lobsters free of charge--that's what I did!).

Remove all the meat from the tails, knuckles, and claws and chop them into bite-size pieces. (I like to keep the tips of the claw meat intact for visual appeal.) Transfer the meat to a bowl and mix in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Lightly butter the inside of the potato rolls and place them facedown in a frying pan on medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until they brown, taking care not to burn them.

Line each roll with a bed of shredded lettuce and then add a healthy scoop of the lobster salad.

*Disclaimer* I received no compensation to write this review other than a free copy of the book. My opinions are always my own.


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