Lobster & Shrimp Rolls

"I used to think lobster rolls were boring until I made them myself. The freshness of the lobster, combined with a good seasoning in the aioli, makes all the difference. Adding shrimp give the sandwich a different element that balances the sweetness of the lobster. The recipe shows how to make the stuffing for the lobster roll. Please refer to my sandwich roll recipe to make the roll: http://www.food.com/recipe/submarine-sandwich-rolls-another-subway-copycat-526689"
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  • Ensure that lobster and shrimp are completely thawed. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator or by gradually running warm water over the meat while in a sealed plastic bag. Don't use the microwave "defrost" setting, as this will precook part of the meat, resulting in overcooking!
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Sprinkle in kosher salt and thyme to season the water.
  • While the water is starting to boil, season shrimp with salt and pepper. Coat a non-stick pan with cooking spray, and cook shrimp on medium heat until pink, 3-5 minutes. Cover and place in refrigerator to cool.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add lobster tails, and reduce heat to low. The water should fully cover the lobster tails.
  • Steam lobster tails for about 10 minutes. The color will change to a bright red. Check the flesh to see if it looks cooked. If the meat looks clear in any part, boil for an additional minute at a time and check again.
  • While lobster tails are still hot, carefully cut them in half using kitchen shears. The lobster will continue to cook in the shell, resulting in overcooking, if you don't do this.
  • Remove lobster from shell using a fork, Remove any broken pieces of the shell, then cut lobster in small chunks. Remove tails from shrimp and cut into chunks of similar size.
  • Blend olive oil mayonnaise, finely chopped dill, and lime juice together, then mix in lobster and shrimp pieces.
  • Allow to fully cool in a refrigerator before serving.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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