I like to rip-off iconic dishes here at Sippity Sup. My intention is to start with something familiar and see where my spatula takes me. However, more often than not I fail. I don’t mean I fail in some inedible sense – that sort of fail never sees the light of blog. Instead, I mean I almost always fail to stay true to the original intention of the dish in some important way. Which is why you’re looking a Creamy Crunchy Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Roll instead of a Classic New England Lobster Roll.
If you grew up in New England (I did not) summer means chowing down on lobster rolls in the failing light of a summer’s eve listening to the surf as the inevitable night chill creeps in. In other words, lobster rolls are as romantic as they are delicious! It also means lobster rolls are iconic. There are a lot of reasons for this. First, lobster is delectable and it’s a local ingredient up and down the coast of New England. However, the lobster roll is iconic for more than just culinary transcendence. Lobster rolls are iconic because they symbolize abundance. New England’s summertime abundance.
Needless to say, with this kind of buzz, the lobster roll has been embraced across the continent. With popularity, the lobster roll has been the subject of countless variations, and depending on the restaurant, you’ll hear it said that a real lobster roll can be made “no other way than our way...”
Spicy Shrimp Roll with Cardamon Sauce
Which is why I feel particularly bad that my “way” doesn’t even feature lobster. As I said I’m not a New Englander so lobster doesn’t symbolize abundance to me (or even summer). Still, I like lobster and I love the simplicity of lobster rolls. But truth be told – I’d rather eat fried shrimp. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida where shrimp (not lobster) brings back joyful summer memories of freckled faces and sand between my toes.
So forgive me – my lobster roll is a shrimp roll – let’s just move on. GREG