These bruschette are children of the much-beloved lobster rolls that are such a favorite along the East Coast. They are very easy to make and quite a bit more decadent than the normal bruschetta of tomato and basil. They are also more filling. I always make extra filling to have leftovers.
Servings: Serves 6–8
Ingredients 8 1-inch-thick slices of crusty sourdough bread , grilled or oven-toasted on both sides1 pound lobster meat , steamed and sliced*1/2 cup chopped fresh ' ' chives1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf fresh parsley3 hot ' ' serrano chilies , chopped1/2 cup mayonnaise2 Tbsp. very good, unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil1 tsp. freshly crushed black peppersSalt1 cup finely diced celery
Place the bread slices on a platter. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl; mix well. Top each slice of bread with approximately 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of the lobster mixture. Serve as an appetizer. If making these for a cocktail party, cut each slice of bread into smaller, bite-size pieces and top with just a teaspoon of the lobster mixture.
*For a variation or when lobster isn't available, try substituting a firm white fish, poached; cooked shrimp and crab are also lovely.