Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CEiMB: Lobster or Shrimp Roll

This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe is the Lobster or Shrimp Roll chosen by the Lonely Sidecar. I originally didn't plan on making this, but then discovered I had almost all the ingredients on hand so I decided to give it a try. Unlike traditional creamy dressings, this shrimp (I used shrimp because it's cheaper and what I already had on hand, but Lobster would have been just as great) mixture primarily contains non-fat plain yogurt in place of gobs of mayo. It does call for 3 Tbsp. of mayo, because, let's face it, mayo does make a dressing taste rich and creamy. The recipe also calls for mixing in lemon juice, chopped celery, chopped scallions, salt, and pepper. Finally, add the chopped cooked shrimp and serve over a toasted whole wheat hotdog bun. I really did enjoy this recipe. I love all things seafood and being that it's summer I prefer colder dishes. I do agree with thenotsoskinnykitchen that it tends to be a little bland. The next time I make this I will probably toss the shrimp with a cajun seasoning before cooking (I boiled frozen shrimp and peeled after - no fuss, the way I like it). When making this dish I recommend two things:

1) Take out your trash right away! Believe me.. shellfish left in the garbage overnight, does not make for lovely smell the next day when you expect to be wafting in the aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
2) Don't pack this sandwich for lunch!! Although healthy and enjoyable.. even cooked shrimp smells like.. shrimp. crazy. The fish smell that welcomes each coworker bringing their lunch to the company refrigerator does not go well.

Kyle did get the chance to try one bite and thought it was good. His only recommendation was to serve it over a crunchy baguette as an appetizer or as a shrimp cocktail. He's never been a whole wheat bread type of person.

If you make it, let me know what you think and if you changed the recipe at all.


  1. Looks great! I know what you mean about the garbage going a step beyond the usual "garbage" smell when adding shrimp "skins". Pee-U!
    As for our version, I sauteed the shrimp, after marinating in lemon, in EVOO and sprinkled with Old Bay. I added a few more extras but it still needed something. Maybe a kick of spice?

  2. LOVE the idea of serving this on a crunchy baguette!

    Thank you for cooking along with me this week is going to be awesome.

  3. I did take the trash out that night, thankfully.

    Unfortunately, I failed to run enough water/lemons/whatever down the garbage disposal that was filled with peeled shrimp skins. That was a nice surprise the next day after work...

  4. What a great picture!

    Good point about taking out the trash though I'm sure my cats would have loved for us to leave the shrimp tails in the trash can overnight ;)