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Lobsteries – Lobster Appetizers in Pastry

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Lobster appetizers are an elegant appetizer for any occasion! They have a mixture of cheese, spinach and mushroom in puffed pastry or phyllo crust!

I came up with idea for these Lobsteries when going through the freezer and refrigerator one day! Everyone who has tried them can’t get enough!!

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These lobster appetizers are one of my most requested appetizers! Lobster, mushrooms, spinach and cheese all wrapped up in a flaky phyllo or puffed pastry crust!

I haven’t really found anything quite like them on line or in any of my cookbooks. Therefore I’ve reserved the right to give these delectable little morsels a name… Drum roll, Please……….Lobsteries, as in Lobster Pastries. 🙂

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As I mentioned, this was a conglomeration of leftovers. Although not difficult by any means, it may be easier to make the Spinach – Mushroom filling ahead and then just add the rest of the ingredients the next day to finish them off.

What is duxelles?

From the research I’ve done, a traditional Duxelles is more of a paste, like pate, used to top toasted bread, as an appetizer!

Instead of paste, the larger chopped mushrooms give this filling more texture, and with bacon and spinach, the flavor is perfect!

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What you need

  • lobster meat – use tail or claw meat that is leftover from a previous dinner or purchase a good quality canned lobster meat.
  • gruyere cheese, grated
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  •  mayonnaise
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 package puff pastry sheets
  • water
  • egg

For the duxelles

  • bacon – use 8-10 pieces of bacon and cook them until nice and crispy.
  • onion, finely chopped. Use white of yellow onion
  • garlic – fresh, grated or minced finely – can substitute 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • Unsalted Butter
  • fresh parsley, chopped- if you’d like to substitute dried parsley, use half of indicated amount in the recipe below.
  • thyme, minced – if you’d like to substitute dried thyme leaves, use half of indicated amount in the recipe below.
  • mushrooms- use any mushrooms you have on hand. Button mushrooms, Chanterelles, Shitake, anything really.
  • spinach – use fresh spinach for best flavor.

How to make lobster appetizers in pastry

Prepare duxulles filling

  1. Saute onion and garlic until tender in butter and olive oil. Add mushrooms and cook over medium low until lightly browned.
  2. Add pancetta. (Can substitute bacon, but crisp that up first.)
  3. Add spinach.
  4. Cook and stir just until wilted. Remove from heat.
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The spinach and mushroom mixture can be made 3 or 4 days in advance and refrigerated.

Prepare lobster filling

  1. Prepare duxelles. (See recipe above) Chop lobster into bite sized pieces. Add to bowl.
  2. Grate cheeses.
  3. Add cheeses and mayonnaise to bowl.
  4. Prepare phyllo dough or puffed pastry according to package directions.
  5. Cut into squares. Brush with egg/water mixture for phyllo.
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  1. Add filling to center of square.
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  1. Fold diagonally and brush tops with egg mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes at 375°F until golden and bubbly.
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Can you freeze these lobster appetizers?

Both the mushroom spinach “duxelles” and the completed lobster filling will freeze well in a freezer bag for a couple months. When you are ready to make the appetizers, just thaw pastry sheets and filling in freezer overnight and proceed with step number 4.

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There you go. Make these delicious Lobster in Pastry Appetizers for your next get- together and watch them disappear!

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Lobsteries – Lobster Pastries

Delicious appetizer or serve for dinner with a salad!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $8

Ingredients

For Lobsteries

  • 2/3 c chunk lobster
  • 1/3 c gruyere , grated
  • 1/3 c sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 2 package puff pastry sheets
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 egg

For Spinach Mushroom Duxelles

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 c Onion
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 3 c mushrooms
  • 6 c spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For Spinach Mushroom Duxelles

  • NOTE: This recipe makes a large batch. Easily freezes for another recipe, or cut down
  • quantities accordingly.
  • Slice 8 pieces of bacon fine.
  • In a large, heavy bottom skillet, cook bacon on medium, breaking up pieces occasionally until lightly browned. Remove browned bacon with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towel.
  • While bacon is cooking, finely dice onion and garlic. After removing bacon from pan, drain all the bacon grease from pan except approximately 1 Tablespoon.
  • Add the butter to bacon grease and let melt. Then add onion and saute until soft and translucent. Add garlic and saute a few more minutes.
  • While the onions and garlic are cooking, rough chop the mushrooms. Strip thyme leaves.
  • Chop parsley and thyme.
  • When onions are just starting to brown, add mushrooms. After 7 to 10 minutes, mushrooms will start to lose their juice.
  • Turn heat up on burner to speed up evaporation of liquid. Once most of the liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are tender, add parsley and thyme.
  • Cook along for a few more minutes. Add Spinach all at once. Turn over and stir just until spinach is slightly wilted. Immediately remove from heat.

For Lobsteries

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove Lobster from shells. Rough chop lobster.
  • Grate Cheeses. NOTE I have tried this recipe with Swiss cheese rather than Gruyere and it holds no comparison. It is just not as good.
  • Chop chives and thyme.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with the mayonnaise, and the Duxelles.
  • Roll out puff pastry dough on a lightly floured board to approximately a 9″ x 12″ rectangle. Cut into desired shape. Use a 3-4″ round cookie cutter for circles or half moons. Cut 3″ squares for ‘puffs’ or turnover. **See notes for phyllo sheets
  • Fill with lobster filling, pinch edges with finger or a fork to seal edges.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon water and 1 whisked egg together and brush on top of pastries.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your Lobsteries, until golden brown.
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Notes

** If using phyllo dough sheets, use 6-8 sheets with butter or cooking spray between each layer.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Reheat in microwave or, covered, in 350°F oven for about 25 minutes, until hot.
Do not freeze

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2455IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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Originally Published 10/13/2014

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22 Comments

  1. Can I prep and assemble, then freeze them completely assembled, until I want to bake them off for a dinner party?

    1. Sorry for the late response. Yes. You can freeze them after assembling and then bake from frozen. It will probably take 5-10 longer to bake.

  2. 5 stars
    These look delicious! I’m adding this to our gameday recipe rotation, what a great idea for serving lobster to the masses without breaking the bank!

  3. 5 stars
    My colleagues often keep recommending lobster recipes to me, yet I’ve always been hesitant towards trying it.
    But this looks too amazing to not try!

  4. This looks and sounds super delicious.. loved the use of ???? lobster ! I make the the traditional way with spinach and cheese so gonna try this soon

  5. 5 stars
    I find anything to do with pastry, puff or short crust incredibly easy and yummy! Love the filling in yours.

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