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When done properly, the All-American lobster roll is a thing of very great beauty. However, the price of lobster here in the UK makes them too expensive to make at home (which is silly, because it is a native catch and there are so many sizes of lobster here that retailers just won’t buy so there is usually surplus) so today I’m refreshing one of my favourite blog recipes from the summer of 2015 in time for America’s Fourth of July holiday: my Classic Mini Crayfish Rolls – perfect for parties, or an indulgent weekend lunch with a glass of bubbles.
I love crayfish because of its sweeter, fresher, brighter flavour, and of course the beautiful red colour down the spine, but for a budget version, king prawns would also be delicious here, or of course chopped lobster tail if you can get it at a good price! Good mini brioche rolls are a must, however: I usually find mine in the M&S Food Hall. And, while I’ve called for homemade mayonnaise in the recipe for a real lux touch (I did an easy how-to here) of course the world will not end if you just want to use Hellman’s, or even better, a squidge of Kewpie instead.
Please, I implore you, don’t skimp, however, on frying the rolls in a little bit of butter first. I know it seems indulgent, I know it seems like an unnecessary extra step, but it really will make the world of difference turning your crayfish roll into a proper roll to tuck into, rather than just a really fancy prawn mayo sandwich!
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