Summer isn't the only time to swoon over lobster: Seafood favorite Luke's Lobster just launched its winter menu, and everything about it is comfort food perfected. There's lobster-specked mac 'n' cheese and lobster bisque in a bread bowl, not to mention this crustacean-packed sandwich.
It's hard to beat the classic, but the Luke's team has some suggestions for how you can make it your own. Use mayo instead of butter for a golden crust, add pickled red onions for a vinegary bite or turn it up to 11 by adding apples and caramelized onions to the mix. Oh, and that special seasoning? You might want to make a double batch to have on hand for all your flavoring needs.
Lobster Grilled Cheese
Recipe adapted from Luke’s Lobster, New York, NY
Yield: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
For Luke's Special Seasoning:
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Lobster Grilled Cheese:
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices white bread
3 slices deli-sliced Gruyère cheese
1 pinch Luke’s special seasoning
2 ounces cooked lobster meat
1. Make Luke’s special seasoning: In a small bowl, combine all the seasoning ingredients. Set aside.
2. Make the grilled cheese: In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Place the pieces of bread next to each other, pushing them around the pan lightly to evenly coat them with butter.
3. Top each piece of bread with 1½ slices of the Gruyère cheese and sprinkle one slice with the pinch of Luke’s special seasoning, then cover the pan and cook until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Remove the lid and spread the lobster meat over the melted cheese on one piece of the toasted bread. Flip the other on top to sandwich and make the grill cheese. Let cook until the lobster is warmed through, 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and serve.