Crab parcels

Flaky puff pastry breaks open to reveal a herby tomato and crab filling in this irresistible starter

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 225g/8oz mixed crabmeat
  • 100-150g/4-5oz fromage frais
  • Half a small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 x 340g block puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 2 medium tomatoes, skins removed, deseeded and flesh roughly chopped
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • Sprigs of fresh parsley and lemon slices to garnish

Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6. Mix together the crabmeat, fromage frais, chopped onion and mixed herbs. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry until it measures around 40 x 20cm/16 x 8in, then cut into four equal squares. Divide half the crab mixture between the pastry squares, top with the tomatoes and remaining crab mixture, then fold the pastry over to form a parcel, sealing the edges well. Brush each parcel with beaten egg to glaze, then bake for about 15 minutes until the pastry is risen and golden brown. Serve garnished with a lemon slice and sprig of parsley.


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