Summer is ripe for Lobster Roll

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Is a lobster roll the new hamburger? 

George Hirsch Lifestyle Lobster Roll

There are many seaside locations up and down the coast that serve very good lobster rolls. And, I have enjoyed many. But clearly the best meat-for-meat is still the Clam Bar located here in the Hamptons, on the Napeaque stretch between Amagansett and Montauk. The late owner Dick Ehrlich set the bar very high serving-up their chock-filled fresh lobster rolls, chowders and locally grilled fish caught within minutes of Montauk. You can tune-in to CreateTV this summer to watch; or view at your leisure on DVD. Order GHL DVD and watch the segment filmed at the Clam Bar plus all 13 episodes of George Hirsch Lifestyle.

George Hirsch Lifestyle on location The Clam Bar

The Clam Bar's recipe is a trade secret, but making a great lobster roll is about keeping it simple. Buy lobsters from a reputable fish monger. How the lobsters are caught, handled and stored is the key to the flavor of the meat. And, never use lobster meat that is spongy, a sign the lobster was falling off or died before cooking. 

Chef George Hirsch's Lobster Roll

George’s Lobster Roll

Makes six sandwiches 

* 1 1/2 - 2 pounds knuckle & claw lobster meat, , cooked (How-to cook Lobsters)

6 top-split long soft rolls 

3 Tablespoons celery, chopped fine 

1 Tablespoon chives, chopped 

1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped 

Juice of 1 lemon  

1 teaspoon hot sauce

3 Tablespoons butter, melted 

Optional: 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Or, 2 additional Tablespoons of melted butter added in place of mayo. 

Cut lobster meat into 1 inch pieces. In a large bowl toss lobster meat, mayonnaise, celery, chives, parsley, lemon, and hot sauce. 

Brush rolls on the outside with butter and lightly toast on a griddle or in a large sauté pan.
Divide lobster filling up into the 6 rolls and serve immediately. 

TIP: Steaming lobsters preserves the flavor of the meat. Buy lobsters steamed from your local fish market.

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The End

Montauk (MTK) aka 'The End' by locals has long been a working fishing village for a couple hundred years with visitors flocking there seeking the big deep sea catch. it's quite quiet nine months of the year. But MTK comes alive for 12 weeks during summer season with population influx arriving globally to surf, swim, horseback ride and enjoy the seafood! I've been visiting Montauk since childhood and I have to say it hasn't changed much. With such a unique backdrop, I've even taped several TV shows over the years there. At 110 miles east of NYC it is virtually 'The End'—which brings you to one famous lighthouse.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. It holds historical significance, as being authorized by the second Congress, under President George Washington in 1792. It makes a good destination for a family day trip, it's a beautiful location and you will learn something new. Tour Montauk Lighthouse montauklighthouse.com

Places to Eat

The Clam Bar: So worth the stop. Five minutes before you arrive in Montauk, The Clam Bar on the “Napeague Stretch”, has no real address, on the left—just a big sign that says CLAM BAR with yellow umbrellas and all outdoor seating. Real fresh seafood, simply prepared. Bring cash, no credit cards. And as the menu board dictates, please keep children seated! 

Dave's Grill: Such a dining catch. Watch the charter boats come in with their catch. davesgrill.com

The Harvest: Creative Tuscan dining, great sunsets, family-style portions. harvest2000.com

John’s Pancake House: You guessed it, go for the pancakes; you’ll know you found it when the biggest hot cake walks by your table. 771 Montauk Highway. Long lines in AM, so get there early. No website, first stop on the left side entering Montauk village.

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