New England-Style Shrimp Rolls
Serves 4. Recipe is from Sara Moulton.
4 ounces seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice (a scant cup)
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, dill or tarragon, plus extra to garnish
Ground black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 New England-style hot dog buns
1. In a large saucepan over high, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Set a bowl of water and ice nearby.
2. In a colander, toss the cucumber with a little salt. Let drain over the sink for 10 minutes, then use paper towels to pat dry. Set aside.
3. When the water comes to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the shrimp. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the shrimp are just cooked through. Start timing from the moment you put the shrimp in the pan, even though the water will immediately cease boiling. Keep the heat on high but do not let the water get any hotter than a bare simmer.
4. As soon as the shrimp have changed color, remove 1 shrimp from the pan and cut it crosswise. If the meat is translucent at the center, let the shrimp cook a little longer. If the shrimp is opaque, use a slotted spoon to transfer all of the shrimp to the bowl of ice water. Let the shrimp cool for 10 minutes, then drain, pat dry and cut each crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces.
5. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of chives, dill or tarragon. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cucumbers and the shrimp, then mix well.
6. In a medium skillet over medium-high, melt the butter. When the foam has subsided, reduce the heat to medium. Add the hot dog buns, placing them on one of their sides. Immediately turn the buns over to the other side (to make sure the butter gets evenly distributed) and cook until they are golden on the side that is down, about 1 minute. Turn them back over and cook them on the other side until golden, about 1 minute.
7. Transfer the buns to serving plates and let them cool for a few minutes before stuffing each one with a quarter of the shrimp salad. Sprinkle each portion with additional fresh herbs.
Nutrition information per serving: 480 calories; 290 calories from fat (60 percent of total calories); 32 g fat (10 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 175 mg cholesterol; 1250 mg sodium; 28 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 20 g protein.