Yukon Gold Potatoes with Crème Fraîche and Lobster Roe

Do you eat the roe? Typically I do not, when enjoying lobster, munch on its eggs, nor do I suck the legs, drink claw liquid or dismantle the body cavity. And I definitely don’t touch the tomalley. Apparently, combining tomalley and roe is considered a lobster paste, or paté, which is a briny delicacy I may consider trying in the future, now that I know I like the roe. At least, in this capacity, it was awesome. It lent the light essence of lobster to this sumptuous canape. I used Yukon Gold potatoes because they are creamy and roast nicely. But use your favorite. Potatoes are such an important crop here in Maine, and of course, supporting lobstermen is a delicious moral imperative right now. I vow to be more adventurous going forward, and dive headfirst into the less obvious aspects of our beloved crustacean. This dish is a perfect party hors d’oeuvre – easy, decadent, and satisfying in taste and textures. Enjoy Maine’s land and sea appetizer when you next want a simple, indulgent supper.

Yukon Gold Potatoes with Crème Fraîche and Lobster Roe


  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, in 1-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 cup Crème Fraîche*
  • 1 oz Lobster Roe


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss potato slices with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Roast on a cookie sheet until browned and crisp, approximately 40 minutes. Allow potatoes to cool before topping them with dollops of crème fraîche and lobster roe.

Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road. She creates content on the internet, on subjects ranging from summer camps to semi-precious stones to the folklore of food. With Malcolm, Jillian was one of the original "Insiders," for the Visit Maine tourism campaign. She loves telling the stories of her adopted state, finding out-of-the-way places, and people making interesting things. Watching her daughters play in the wild woods and fields of Cushing makes her very happy.

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