Maine squeeze: Try this California lobster roll

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In this special weekly feature, TODAY Food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.

THIS WEEK: Sam's Famous Lobster Roll from Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay in California.

This week’s recipe was requested by many of you who watched the TODAY show segments “Best Sandwich In America,” and was stolen from Lewis Rossman, executive chef and partner at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. A simple yet delectable version of an East Coast favorite, it generated lots of attention in the competition. Now, you can make it at home in a few easy steps, and lobster is a good choice for sustainable seafood. (For more information about your seafood choices, go to: Seafood Watch.)

About the chef: Executive chef and partner Lewis Rossman, a rising culinary star, brings more than 12 years of extensive culinary experience from some of the Bay Area's top dining spots to Sam’s Chowder House. For Rossman, working with food is an art form, and he is intensely passionate about creating exceptional menus.

For inspiration, Rossman looks to the cuisine of the Mediterranean region, his background growing up going to the beaches on the Eastern seaboard, as well as to the bountiful farms right in his own backyard. He has established long-lasting relationships with a number of specialty farmers around Half Moon Bay, and says, “I can't explain how inspiring it is when farmers bring me an incredibly fresh product that's unique to their farm.”

Rossman is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of the menus at Sam’s Chowder House, as well as the items sold in the on-site market. He is working closely with the kitchen staff to ensure that the food and service mantra is about quality and consistency, and he matches the high standards that he sets for himself and for his team. Lewis and partners Paul and Julie Shenkman “take a lot of pride in giving our guests the best possible experience,” he says. “My goal is to make sure this carries through at Sam’s.”

Sam’s Famous Lobster Roll is served at Sam’s Chowder House for $19.95. The recipe is for a serving size of one.

Sam's lobster roll

By Chef Lewis Rossman of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, California

Sam’s Chowder House

4210 North Cabrillo Highway

Half Moon Bay, CA 90419

(650) 712-0245

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