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Dinner Tonight | QUICK FIX

Rich Little Po'-Boy

April 04, 2001|KATHY GUNST | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

This menu brightens the senses and pleases the palate. A lobster roll, filled with associations of summer, flecked with capers and seasoned with lemon juice, does the trick.

Serve it with oven-roasted sweet potato wedges, which are easier than they sound: Slice a potato and roast it while you prepare the rest of dinner. A salad of sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion comes together easily. A cold white wine or crisp beer rounds things out nicely.

Lobster Rolls

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Lobster motif apron from Bristol Kitchen stores.

6 ounces cooked lobster meat, about 2 large tails, coarsely chopped, about 1 1/4 cups

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon capers, drained

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

Freshly ground pepper

2 crusty rolls

Tender lettuce leaves

Gently mix the lobster meat, lemon juice and mayonnaise in a bowl. Fold in the capers, celery and pepper to taste.

Heat the rolls in the oven with the potatoes until warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cut each roll in half and spoon the lobster salad between the warm halves and add a few leaves lettuce to each.

2 main-course servings. Each serving: 491 calories; 1,150 mg sodium; 66 mg cholesterol; 14 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 64 grams carbohydrates; 27 grams protein; 4.12 grams fiber.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes

1 medium-large sweet potato

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut the potato in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 7 long, thin wedges. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and toss them with the oil and salt and pepper to taste, so all sides are coated.

Bake 10 minutes. Flip the potatoes over and bake another until tender, another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.

2 servings. Each serving: 126 calories; 152 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 16 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 2.25 grams fiber.

GAME PLAN

30 minutes before: Heat oven and prepare potato wedges.

20 minutes before: Roast potatoes.

15 minutes before: Prepare lobster and salad.

Just before serving: Heat rolls and fix sandwiches.

SHOPPING LIST

Celery

Cooked lobster meat

Cucumber

Lettuce

Rolls

Sweet potato

Tomato

STAPLES

Capers

Lemon

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Olive oil

Red onion

Mustard

Red wine vinegar

MENU

Lobster Rolls

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Salad of Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Red Onion Slivers

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