The Kennebunk Inn’s Lobster Croque Madame – A Worthy Alternative to the Traditional Maine Lobster Roll
Aly Walansky of Men’s Journal set out to find alternatives to the classic lobster roll, searching from New York to New England and beyond. Several of her picks our from our part of Maine, including the Lobster Croque Madame from our restaurant, Academe at The Kennebunk Inn.
The Lobster Croque Madame was inspired from my early French training and the classic lobster roll. The toasted hot dog roll, butter and mayonnaise are the perfect compliments to a successful traditional lobster roll but I wanted to modernize my sandwich. The fried egg, mango curry béchamel and the Tasso ham brings out the sweetness and butteriness of the lobster while the Kaffir lime and fresh basil heighten the seasoning and make the dish altogether lighter. The challah bread has a slight sweetness and soft texture which when toasted with butter creates the perfect vessel…
– Chef/Owner Shanna O’Hea, Academe at The Kennebunk Inn
The sandwich is a close relative of Shanna’s Lobster Croque Monsieur from her competition on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”