Saturday, August 9, 2014

Recipe: Slipper Lobster, Avocado and Mayo Crostini

I was inspired to make these crostinis for lunch after seeing Gordon Ramsay's recipe for crayfish, avocado and mayo toasties in his cookbook "Fast Food".  I had to make some adaptations to suit the ingredients I had in my kitchen - we can't get hold of crayfish easily here in KL, so I used slipper lobster instead.

Slipper Lobster, Avocado & Mayo Crostini

I also made crostini instead of toasties. Crostini is an Italian appetizer, similar to bruschetta consisting of a small sliced of toasted or grilled bread with toppings. You can use baguette or any good quality rustic bread. I sliced the baguette and toasted it under a hot grill for a couple of minutes. The crunchy baguette is then topped with creamy avocado and mayo slipper lobster. I also decided to add quartered cherry tomatoes for colour and it also enhances the overall taste.

Lots of great textures and flavours in these little bites, certainly an enjoyable and quick to prepare meal. Great for a hot sunny afternoon.

We had some ebikko in the fridge, so topped it on some of the crostinis - I really liked it!

Slipper Lobster, Avocado and Mayo Crostini
Recipe by Baby Sumo, inspired by Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Serves 3-4

200g slipper lobster
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 tsp truffle oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ripe avocado
2 calamansi limes
1 French loaf, sliced at a diagonal 1cm thick

Optional toppings
4-5 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2-3 tsp ebikko (shrimp roe)

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Once boiling, lower to medium heat then add the slipper lobster and cook for about 1 minute, until cooked through. Remove from pot and plunge into a bowl of ice water for about 2 minutes. Once cooled, drain and chop the slipper lobster into bite-sized chunks.

2. Place slipper lobster in a bowl and add mayo and truffle oil. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

3. To pit the avocado, first you need to find the stalk and remove it. Hold it horizontally, with a knife through the centre until you hit the seed then move the knife in a circular motion until you go all the away around. Twist the avocado halves in opposite direction and it will come apart easily into 2 halves. Sink the knife into the avocado seed and remove. Peel off skin. Squeeze calamansi lime juice all over to avoid discoloration. Chop the avocado into bite-sized chunks. Season with salt.

4. Arrange bread slices on a baking tray and place under hot grill for about 1-2 minutes, until lightly toasted.

5. To serve, top each piece of bread with avocado, followed by the slipper lobster. Garnish with cherry tomatoes. Serve immediately. You can also top with ebikko (optional).

Note: Original recipe uses crayfish and rustic white bread and served as toasties.

Nice and simple

Beautiful vibrant colours 

* I am submitting this to the "Cook Like Gordon Ramsay" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from any Gordon Ramsay websites or cookbooks for the whole month of August 2014. You can link your posts at one of the host's pages.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in August 2014 - please do not link older posts.Please mention Cook like a Star in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Mich of Piece of Cake and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

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  1. wow, i once had slipper lobster and i i like it even more than rock lobster,
    this recipe is must try, but eversince slipper lobster isn't that easy to find where i lives, i guess i'm gonna prawn for this recipe!

  2. Those look great! I love crostini :)

  3. this looks great for whetting the appetite ... just before you serve one of your heartier courses like king prawn spaghetti or buttermilk chicken! :D

  4. I like that extra touch of Ebiko! Avocado works well with Ebiko :D

  5. I like the combination of your toast with variety colours! Thumbs Up!

  6. These are great appetizer or served as light meals ... I will try with prawns. Thanks for the sharing!

  7. Yen, these make for very yummy munchies!

  8. Nice and simple! Yes, I like simple and delicious meal like this! The lobster is a treat! Yums!

  9. Anything lobster is nice ! Yummy !

  10. looks yummy... will try make this for the kid's Funland class

  11. Lobster, avocado... Yummmmm!!!!

  12. Hi Yen,

    Wow... lobster! These are the extreme kind of luxurious finger food.


  13. I love avocadoes and these look so good with the slipper lobsters!

  14. still waiting for that invite to come eat at your place :P


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