Gallery: The Food Lab: How To Make Lobster, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches

Steam
Steam

Steam the lobster for exactly 2 minutes.

Finished Steaming
Finished Steaming

This will set the exterior of the lobster's flesh rapidly so it doesn't stick to the inside of the shell. But it's not cooked through yet. You need to...

Roast it
Roast it

Roasting the lobster in the shell is gentle, which leads to even cooking and tender meat, as well as a concentration of flavor. I cook my lobster to 135°F, which takes about 7 minutes for claws in a 350°F oven, and 15 minutes for tails.

Chop and Season
Chop and Season

After cooking, chill the lobsters in cold water. Then shuck, dry, and chop the meat. Season it with salt, pepper, chives, and a little bit of homemade mayonnaise. Just enough to bind it.

Score Tomatoes
Score Tomatoes

Score ripe tomatoes in an X shape on their bottoms with a sharp knife.

Blanch
Blanch

Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen their skins.

Chill
Chill

Immediately transfer them to cold water to halt cooking, then peel off their skins. It should rub off easily.

Quarter the Tomatoes
Quarter the Tomatoes

Quarter the tomatoes with a sharp knife to get at their innards.

Filet
Filet

Remove the seeds, jelly, and paler inner flesh from the tomato and save for another use (like sauce!).

Tomato Filets
Tomato Filets

Tomato filets, ready to go on your sandwich. This is the tastiest, juiciest part of the tomato.

Make the Mayonnaise
Make the Mayonnaise

I make my mayonnaise in large batches so I'll always have some on hand. The easiest method I know is my Foolproof 2-Minute Mayonnaise. All you need is the ingredients, a hand blender, and a jar.

Mayonnaise Done.
Mayonnaise Done.

In moments, you've got creamy mayonnaise worlds better than what you can get in the store.

Shingle Bacon
Shingle Bacon

Shingle the bacon on a rimmed backing sheet, slightly overlapping each slice lengthwise and crosswise with its neighbors.

Cook and Drain Bacon
Cook and Drain Bacon

Cook the bacon in the oven until crisp, then drain it on paper towels, making sure to reserve the bacon fat.

Cut Bacon
Cut Bacon

Cut the bacon sheet into perfect sandwich-sized slabs.

Spread Bread with Bacon Fat
Spread Bread with Bacon Fat

Spread rendered bacon fat on the cut surfaces of a couple small loaves of ciabatta.

Toast Bread
Toast Bread

Toast the bread under the broiler until golden brown.

Spread with Mayonnaise
Spread with Mayonnaise

Spread the bread with mayonnaise on all cut surfaces.

Layer Avocado
Layer Avocado

Shingle sliced avocado on the bread in a thin, even layer, pressing the avocado down into the soft part of the bread.

Add Bacon
Add Bacon

Add your bacon slab. It's ok if it breaks a little, just make sure you have 100% coverage.

Add Tomatoes
Add Tomatoes

Shingle on the tomato filets, pressing down firmly to compact all the ingredients.

Layer Lettuce
Layer Lettuce

Layer the crispest white and pale green or yellow parts of iceberg lettuce onto the top side of the loaf, laying it so the concave side is out, and pressing it into the bread to compress it slightly.

Fill With Lobster
Fill With Lobster

Fill the lettuce cup generously with the lobster salad and close up the sandwich.

Lunch
Lunch

Eat. With napkins.

Lobster B.L.A.T.
Lobster B.L.A.T.

Lobster, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato in a sandwich is not a bad thing. Quite the opposite, actually.

Kill the Bugs
Kill the Bugs

Start by dispatching your lobsters with a knife to the brain stem. It's the fastest and most humane way to do it. (Your lobster will still twitch for a few minutes after death. These are reflexes, not conscious movements.)