I’m getting very excited about our big adventure to Michigan, Massachusetts, and Maine, even though it’s almost three weeks away. I saw a lobster cutter last week and I couldn’t resist buying it. It was the foundation for this week’s Maine-themed lunch.
Open-faced salami and cream-cheese lobster sandwich
I didn’t question how massive the lobster cutter was when i bought it. I saw it at Sur la Table and I bought it on impulse because a) we are going to Maine soon (whoo-hoo!) and b) it was $1. It was so big that I needed two slices of bread!
Next, I smeared on the cream cheese and covered with salami. It wasn’t looking very lobster-like at this point.
I used a knife to crisp up some of the edges. At this point, I realized I could use the natural shape of the salami slices to look like the sections of the tail. I snacked on the salami from my first attempt and replaced it with the layered “sections” shown below.
As I was working with the meat, I also realized that the rind from the salami could serve as antennae. I hadn’t worked out what to use for the antennae ahead of time, so I’m glad this came to me so easily as I was working on the sandwich.
I used a crinkle knife to accent the claws. (Side Note: this is actually the knife I bought for my son when he was three. I plan to write a post soon about ways to engage children in the kitchen).
Lastly, I decorated with nori. I used a regular paper punch on the eyes. This was a proof of concept that I’m glad to see works. Originally I had tried sesame seeds, but they were to small. I also cut strips of nori to accent the different sections of the lobster more clearly.
Here’s another view of the sandwich with the rest of the lunch:
Other Maine-inspired elements
I specifically made white beans for dinner because I wanted to use them to represent the sand. This was a risky move because my four-year-old is quite hit and miss on beans. I also used them in my toddler’s lunch (shown below), and I know he will enjoy them.
The blueberries have a dual purpose: they are meant to represent water, and blueberry picking is a quintessential Maine summer activity.
For another highlight, I carved the Cape-Elizabeth light-house from a red apple.
I used a Babybel cheese and Foodoodler markers to make a beach ball.
I also had to prepare lunch for my two-year-old. He got some of the same items, including blueberries, unused portions of the apple, and beans. I added left over rice from dinner because he gobbles rice, plus peanut butter pretzels and yogurt pretzels left over from our snack box today. It’s a random collection, but I think contains enough options that he’ll eat most of it.
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