Men’s Journal: Kennebunk Inn’s Lobster Croque Madame – Great Alternative to the Traditional Lobster Rolls

Men's Journal - Lobster Roll AlternativesThe 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.”

To read the Men’s Journal article, “7 Spins on the Classic Lobster Roll” click here.  For Shanna’s recipe for the Lobster Croque Madame at the Men’s Journal site, please click here.

Lobster Croque Madame - Kennebunk Inn

About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.