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


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!


  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.

  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!!!

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

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

  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!

  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!

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

  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!!!!! :)

  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!

  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!

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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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  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! =]

  18. How original! And looks delicious too!


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