Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lobster Croquette Pizza

We Miami Cubans love our croquettes.  Chicken croquettes, ham croquettes, fish, cheese, fill in the blank croquettes.  So today I pondered, why not put them on a pizza?  The resulting concoction was outrageously tasty.  Here I will share my quick and simple fried lobster croquettes.

I love pizza.  I love all incarnations of pizza.  But my absolute favorite will always be a thin crispy crust.  Keep in mind the thickness of your dough when making these croquettes.  Since my dough recipe is a light, thin, airy finished product, I made my croquettes smaller than usual and cut then in half.

Thank you to my lovely hand model!

I used a combination of two cheeses for this recipe, fontina and edam.  Fontina is a cow's milk wonderful melting Italian cheese that always perfectly accents any pizza.  Edam is a Dutch cheese that when smoked provides a wealthy rich depth of flavor.  The smokiness of the cheese perfectly balances out the overall flavor profile of this pizza.

Thin & Airy Dough & Sliced Fontina Cheese


Plum Tomato Sauce


Lobster Croquettes


Thick-cut Smoked Bacon


Shredded  Applewood Smoked Edam Cheese

Enjoy...



Lobster Croquette Pizza




For the Lobster Croquette:
1 1/4 lb Florida lobster tail meat
2 eggs
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tbs olive oil mayo
1 garlic clove - minced
3 chives - minced fine

Spice Mix
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp orange peel
sea salt
black pepper

1 cup Cuban cracker meal
Peanut oil

In a saucepan, heat enough water to cook the lobster meat.  Bring the water to just under the boil, about 200 F.  In a glass bowl, prepare an ice bath (water & ice).  Cook the lobster meat for 3 minutes.  Remove to the ice bath.

Finely process the lobster meat in a food processor.

In a glass bowl, combine the lobster meat, eggs, fresh bread crumbs, mayo, chives, garlic & spice mix.  Mix well.  Place in a covered container and fridge overnight.

Heat the peanut oil to 350 F.  Remove croquette mix from fridge 25 minutes prior to use.  Using a tablespoon, scoop 1 tbs of mix and form into a small ball.  Add the Cuban cracker meal to a bowl.  Coat each croquette in the cracker meal.  Drop into the oil and fry to a golden brown.

Voila!  Nice and simple.



That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!

19 comments:

  1. Genious. I'm not cuban nor do I live in Florida, but I frieking love croquettes! I've only had the seafood variety's however. This looks great. I love my pizza crust very thin and crispy too.

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  2. It looks amazing, not only did you use those fantastic mini croquettes, and some rockin' cheeses going on there, you also added smoked bacon? Wow! I want a bite...please...hold it for me until I can get there from Sarasota? ;D Thank you!!!

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  3. wow...I never thought of that. looks and delicious.

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  4. Can I get some leftovers?!! They look so good!

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  5. Lazaro, you've just took pizza to a whole new level! This sounds absolutely amazing. Lobster and pizza are two of my favorite foods and you combining them makes me very. What a creative dish, Laz - love it!

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  6. I just happen to have a lovely crust in my freezer waiting for a reason to be baked... this is a great one... I'd love a lobster pizza!

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  7. Ooh, I can see why that was a hit!
    Love how you think.
    LL

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  8. Lobster pizza..... Oh My. I see you have a mind like mine, whenever I find an awesome tasting food sooner or later I get around to asking the question "I wonder what that'd taste like in a pizza" heheheee!!!!! :)

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  9. Only you Laz would think of a dish like this. So out there and I just wish I was there to taste it. Bravo!

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  10. I'm always seeing something new here - who would have thought of lobster croquettes on pizza?? (Not I!) Well done! I'll have to try fontina and edam on my next homemade pizza instead of *gasp* pre-shredded mozzarella (I didn't just say that).

    Have a nice week, Laz!

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  11. Believe it or not, I can pass on the pizza. (and fontina is by far the best melting cheese)
    But, I cannot pass on the lobster croquettes. Brilliant.

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  12. Love your idea of putting croquettes on a pizza, definitely inspiring, Laz! And I'm a thin and crispy crust lover too. :)

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  13. The idea is great. loved it.
    will be trying it soon.

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  14. Wow what a combo of flavors AND favorites! Way to get creative. I haven't had a croquette since I was in Barcelona and now want one asap.

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  15. Oh my goodness what a wonderful way to enjoy croquettes...brilliant! I can just imagine the wonderful array of flavors along with the unexpected texture :) Beautiful and so creative!
    Hope you are having a great week

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  16. Hello

    Good Day to you, i have been trying to find good topic on google for my blog
    and i found yours i found it very interesting i ve learn alot

    thanks

    Kathy
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  17. This is an insanely delicious concept, wow, totally blew my mind, perfect blend of cheeses. I can't wait to try this one with my fiance. He's a chef at a country club and he started out flipping pizzas as a teenager and I bet he's never had anything like this. Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to try this! =]

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  18. How original! And looks delicious too!

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