Flatbread with Lobster is special enough to serve to company, but easy enough to make for your family on a weeknight.
It’s really kind of fun to put together this flatbread and takes only a few minutes with a little advance prep – like pre-slicing and salting the tomatoes and removing the lobster from the tail. Like lots of dishes I make, this one is inspired by my sister-in-law, Susan. She’s a great cook and is always willing to try new things and share what she’s learned.
And, by the way, I use that term “sister-in-law” just so you know she’s Buddy’s sister, but the truth is we are “sisters” in every sense of the word. Shrimp and Grits is one of the most popular posts here on Biscuits and Burlap and Susan definitely gets inspiration credit for that one.
What type of bread is best?
Let’s start out by talking about the actual “flatbread”. Susan originally made hers on a flour tortilla, and maybe she still does. I’ve done that too, and it makes a quick, easy, thin and crispy crust. When I discovered the thin, rectangular “flatbreads” in the bakery section of my grocery I started using those and loved them. They seemed to have just a little more texture than the tortilla, but were still thin and crispy. This time I used these Naan type flatbreads, which are a little thicker. They made a beautiful and delicious lobster flatbread. But, I’m going to be honest here. Next time I will probably go back to the thinner version. It’s just a matter of personal preference and you might like the naan version better.
Prepping the Lobster is Easy
I use about one lobster tail per flatbread, but depending on the size of the tails, you would probably be fine with a little less. For example, these three lobster tails would produce enough meat for 4 flatbreads. To remove the meat you cut down the center of the back (or top — the part you are seeing in this photo) with sharp kitchen shears. Pull the shell apart and the meat comes out pretty easily. Then just wash it, pat dry and cut into bite sized pieces.
This flatbread can be cut into small pieces and is a hearty and delicious appetizer. We usually cut it into larger pieces and make a meal off of it. Either way, can you imagine how impressed your guests will be?
Flatbread with lobster is impressive enough to serve company, but easy enough to make for your family on a weeknight. Lots of variation ideas are included.
- 1 lobster tail
- 1 flatbread
- olive oil for brushing
- 2 Roma or Campari tomatoes sliced and salted
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Parmesan cheese grated, to taste
- basil and/or oregano fresh or dried
- 5-6 thin slices mozzarella cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
Slice tomatoes, salt the slices and set aside for 20-30 minutes.
Remove meat from lobster tails, wash, pat dry, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Brush the flatbread with olive oil, salt if desired, and garlic.
Place flatbread in preheated 425 degree oven for about 2 minutes.
Pat tomatoes dry and lay on flatbread.
Layer with mozarella, lobster, parmesan, herbs and salt and pepper.
Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes for thin flatbread or 12-14 for thicker bread (or until lobster is done).
Be sure you don’t skip the step of pre-slicing and salting your tomatoes and let them sit a few minutes. This draws out the excess liquid that could make your flatbread soggy. I use this method anytime I’m baking with tomatoes.
Variations on Lobster Flatbread
How about some variations? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- use shrimp instead of, or in addition to the lobster
- use leftover, seasoned chicken
- change up the cheeses by using fontina or gouda
- add veggies, or use all veggies to make vegetarian flatbread (artichoke hearts, spinach, etc)
- add caramelized onions (yum)
Let us know if you try our version or change it up a bit. Happy Cooking!
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