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Savory Lobster & Corn Cheesecake with a Tequila Sauce

October 7, 2013 by Joan Nova in Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, Mexican + Southwestern, Recipe Development, Savory Pie, Uncategorized | 18 Comments


“Cooking with spirits” is this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. No, we’re not cooking with Halloween ghosts or los diablos del Dia de los Muertos. It’s booze, folks, and a good time to look through my liquor cabinet and see what’s there. I hardly go into it these days as most visitors drink wine or beer.

… rum, gin, cordials, vermouth, marsala, tequila, etc. Tequila? I think I’ll go with that.

Of course, tequila immediately brings to mind Mexico and its flavors and ingredients and I decided to create a savory cheesecake — taking the opportunity to use 2 ingredients I already had on hand: (1) lobster and (2) cilantro-lime butter.

And off I went to my local Latin supermarket to get a few other ingredients, like cheese, cream and cilantro.

The cheesecake was made with cuajada fresca roja (spicy soft cheese from Central America made with chilis), crema Mexicana, beaten egg, lobster meat, corn kernels, dash of tequila, oregano flowers and saffron flowers.

The sauce was made with tequila, cilantro, lime juice and zest, organic agave powder and cilantro-lime butter.

I made a bottom crust by crumbling Brown Rice Triscuits with Sea Salt and Black Pepper crackers and patting it into the greased (with butter and tequila) springform.

Note: The dish was very tasty and the tequila flavor really came through and melded beautifully with the complementary ingredients.

I look forward to seeing what group members do with this challenge. The round-up will be posted 10/28 on Lazaro Cooks.

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  1. Wow! This a dish to remember. Everything is just perfect.

  2. christo says:

    very unique indeed – I am curious how the smoky tequila flavor tasted with all of this – it looks good.
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    • Joan Nova says:

      Thanks. I felt the tequila-lime-cilantro combo throughout really paired well with the lobster, corn and cheeses, especially since the cuajada was spicy. To me, it was a nicely balanced dish.

  3. WOW! that’s really something!

  4. You’ve done it again. Wonderful pairing of ingredients in that marvelous creative way you have. This dish is special indeed and I wish I could eat some of it NOW.
    Victoria of Flavors of the Sun recently posted..Avocado Fries with Cilantro-Lemon Dipping SauceMy Profile

  5. It sounds like a really fabulous dish Joan! What could be bad? It has lobster, tequila and lime! Since lobster is at the very top of my favorite foods list I will need to give this one a try very soon. Like tomorrow.
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  6. Joan, it’s funny that I’m using many of the same ingredients as you but in a completely different way! I am just laughing because no matter how original we try to be, sometimes some combos JUST WORK, like the cilantro tequila lime corn lobster combo. This looks delicious and what a lovely combo of my favorite ingredients!
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  7. Inspired to raid my drinks cupboard too :)
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  8. sippitysup says:

    I love my Latin cheese and always have some some sort queso in the fridge but cuajada fresca roja. I shall seek it out. GREG
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  9. I love the inspiration that Tequila brought on, wow a savory cheesecake…with lobster. Looks amazing Joan.

  10. You know what’s great about this post. You already had lobster on hand! I don’t think I’ll ever get to say that. Love the dish.
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  11. deana sidney says:

    I love savory cheesecakes and bread puddings. The spicy lobster version is magnificent and a great brunch dish with the new cheaper lobster… love it with tequila. Great challenge.
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  12. I’ve never had a savory cheesecake before, it sounds incredible! I absolutely love all the flavors you have going on here!
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