I’ve seen many iterations of a lobster roll reimagined as an hors d’oeuvre, but most fall short for me because they are either too big or the ratio of bread to lobster is off. An hors d’oeuvre should be small enough to be eaten in one bite, and many of the “mini” lobster rolls I’ve come across are just regular lobster rolls that have been cut down to a smaller size. These can be hard to eat while standing and chatting at a party. Even the versions that have been appropriately shrunken down are often mostly bread with a small dab of minced up lobster.
When I sought out to create my own version, I had a few goals in mind:
- It had to be able to be consumed in one bite
- The bun, bread or base had to capture the essence of a buttery griddled split top roll
- The ratio of lobster to bread had to be mostly lobster to a little bit of bread
What I came up with are these delicate buttery crisps topped with roughly chopped lobster meat that has been kissed with crème fraîche for a delicate tang, and garnished with fresh chives. The result is an elegant and delicious bite that would be welcome at any party, year round.
4-8 slices Very thin white bread
2 Tablespoons salted butter
1 cup cooked lobster, roughly chopped
1 Tablespoon crème fraîche
1 teaspoon chives, divided
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove crusts from bread.
- Using a rolling pin or a pasta roller, roll your bread slices out as thin as possible.
- Cut out small rounds from bread using a small glass or biscuit cutter.
- Melt butter and brush bread rounds on both sides.
- Bake bread rounds on parchment-lined cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.
- Toss lobster with crème fraîche and half a teaspoon of chives. Season with salt.
- Remove bread rounds from oven and let cool.
- Top bread rounds with lobster mixture. Garnish with chives.