The search for the crab ramekin…..
I was inspired to write this after a very spontaneous weekend away in the Isle of Wight back in August. I trawled the internet looking for a recipe to no avail, it seemed nobody was giving up this very secret recipe!
One night was spent at the Crab and Lobster Inn. Nestled in the cliff tops on the north side of Bembridge, a fantastically popular restaurant with locals and tourists alike. We gorged on mountains of picked crabmeat salad, crab cakes, moules mariniere and the first crab ramekin of the trip. Overindulgence was the word of the evening!
Next day was an ambitious walk (much-needed after previous night’s gorging). Destination was the Seaview Hotel for lunch, on the promise of an even better crab ramekin that the night before. Punchy! Several lost flip flops…..mud….sandy beaches….a red squirrel…… and….. 4 hrs later we reached our lunch spot. I was definitely not disappointed, a very tasty dish and a few well deserved pints, what could be better?
Not sure I have got the recipe quite as good as the Seaview’s but its pretty close and mighty good, give it a go….. it’s quicker than a ferry to Ryde!
100g Cornish white crab meat
100g Cornish fifty fifty crab meat (white and brown meat)
250g cheese sauce, homemade or in a rush a good quality bought one
150g grated mature cheddar
1 tsp English mustard
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt and Pepper
Turn the grill on to the highest heat it will go. Warm your cheese sauce over a very low heat until bubbling, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and working quickly stir in the mustard, cayenne and both crab meats. Season well and add lemon juice to taste. Divide the mixture evenly between 4 ramekins and top with the grated cheese. Place under the grill until the cheese is melted, golden and bubbling. Serve straight from the grill with delicious granary toasts.
Warn you guests that they will be super hot and watch your fingers! I had fun making these tonight, they are absolutely delicious and decedent and best served with a large glass of Sauvignon in hand!
A fast and luxurious starter, perfect for a midweek dinner party to wow your friends who will think you have gone to sooooo much trouble and slaved over a hot stove all day!