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Elegant Dressed Crab

Think of teatime and what comes to mind – delicate little sandwiches with wafer-thin slices of cucumber? Homemade scones with jam and clotted cream? Fairy cakes (known as cupcakes outside the UK) or various sweet treats? These are all wonderful but there is certainly a place for something savoury to start the afternoon in style. Before you reach for the sweet confections, consider the savoury fare, and what could be a more impressive beginning to a tea party than dressed crab? This recipe combines crab with parsley, egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, and mayonnaise, to showcase the amazing crab taste.

You can use any kind of cooked fresh crab to make this recipe, although Cromer crabs (from Norfolk in England) are especially good because they are small, sweet, and offer plenty of light to dark meat ratio. Else choose a similar, small crab with lots of light meat. Yes, you can buy ready-dressed crab, but making your own offers that spectacular fresh flavour which cannot be replicated in a shop-bought dressed crab.

Head to your nearest fishmonger and ask him to pull the cooked crab apart a bit so you can see it is full of meat. Then twist off the claws and legs. With your thumbs resting against the shell by the tail, pull the shell off the body. Discard the long white parts from the body (known somewhat disturbingly as ‘dead man’s fingers’) and the greyish-white stomach sac behind the mouth. Then you are left with all the yummy bits! This dish is sure to begin your tea party in style. This recipe only serves 2 so double, triple or quadruple as you see fit. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More

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