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November 6, 2012

Giovanni's Lobster Pate

Small can, big flavor. Photo courtesy Giovanni’s.

WHAT IT IS: Small tins of lobster pate.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s absolutely delicious.
WHY WE LOVE IT: For a quick gourmet fix, an impressive canape or a low-cost gift, this can’t be beat.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Buy online in individual cans or by the case (48 cans for under $95).

Giovanni’s Lobster Pâté: Great Things Come In Small Packages

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Many people who like to entertain look for “secret ingredients” that their guests might not find elsewhere.

One of our secret ingredients is this small blue can with a bright red lobster.

It’s Giovanni’s Lobster Pâté With Cognac. It’s great for entertaining and also makes a memorable foodie stocking stuffer.

Whether you’re relaxing with a glass of wine, have impromptu guests or are planning ahead for a cocktail party, you can’t go wrong with this smooth spread: a truly delicious food.

All you need to spread or stuff this lobster goodness are:

  • Baguette slices or crostini
  • Celery or fennel
  • Cherry tomatoes, top sliced off and some of the inside scooped out
  • Crackers
  • Cucumber slices
  • Other surface to hold the pate

Or, use the pâté:

  • To garnish grilled or poached fish
  • To make tea sandwiches or tartines (open-face tea sandwiches—add some water- cress to either)
  • On a crouton (toasted baguette slice) along with a salad or soup

But truth to tell, we eat this delicious lobster pâté right from the can. The entire can, small as it is, has just 130 calories: a fine little snack.

There’s nothing more to say about this one than: Buy lots of it!


— Karen Hochman


More Lovely Lobster

Lobster!: 55 Fresh and Simple Recipes for Everyday Eating   Totally Lobster Cookbook   Lobster At Home

Lobster!: 55 Fresh and Simple Recipes for Everyday Eating, by Brook Dojny. From the classic to the new, including lobster and arugula pizza. More information.


Totally Lobster Cookbook, by Helene Siegel. From finger foods to entire lobster dinners, with salads, sandwiches and soups in-between. More information.


Lobster At Home, by Jasper White. Recipes and tips from the prominent chef/owner of Boston lobster restaurants. More information.



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