Baked crab with cheesy crumb topping

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves
Serves 4


By Matt Tebbutt
From Saturday Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 small celery sticks, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 100ml/3½fl oz shellfish or fish stock
  • 150ml/5fl oz passata
  • 25ml/1fl oz dry sherry
  • 25ml/1fl oz brandy
  • 1 large cooked crab, brown and white meat picked and separated to provide about 250g/9oz brown meat and 100g/3½oz white meat, shells cleaned out
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 50g/1¾oz breadcrumbs
  • 25g/1oz Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch tarragon, chopped, to garnish
  • 1 bunch chervil, chopped, to garnish