Crab Canapés

Absolutely delicious canapés.


  • 1 shallot (finely diced)
  • 75 g butter
  • 25 g flour
  • 150 ml cream
  • 225 g crab meat (fresh, frozen or tinned)
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and black pepper
  • 15 fingers of toast
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 tblsp grated cheddar cheese
  • to garnish: sprigs of watercress or parsley


  1. Melt 25g of the butter in a frying pan and fry the shallot slowly until it turns a light brown colour.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the flour to the pan, stirring all the time until it’s well mixed.
  3. Put back onto a low heat, add the cream and bring it to the boil.
  4. Remove immediately and let cool.
  5. In a small bowl, blend the remainder of the butter with the grated cheese until it forms a paste, adding enough paprika to get a good red colour.
  6. Spread the crab mixture on the toast fingers, and put a little of the cheese paste on top of each.
  7. Cut to bite size, and garnish on the serving dish with sprigs of parsley or bunches of watercress.


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