It's basically mixing ingredients together step by step & arranging a few potatoes on top & baking– the result is magnificent. A real weekender meal when you're looking for something nice to look forward to after a busy week.


Serves 2

  • 400g white crab meat ( From most fish counters )
  • 6 finely chopped scallions
  • 50g very finely chopped roasted red pepper
  • 50g very finely chopped artichoke ( you can sub capers or green olives )
  • 50g sharp white cheddar or Parmesan
  • 50g mozzarella
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 5g sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemons
  • 1 tsp chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • 4 large rooster potatoes peeled & sliced ½ cm thick
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 x 9inch x 13 inch oven proof dish
  • 1 x pastry brush & a little melted butter


  1. Firstly, just check that there's no shell in the crab meat this is important
  2. Set the crab meat, sliced potatoes & parmesan aside
  3. In a mixer on low speed or in a bowl with a spatula mix the all the ingredients together
  4. Once evenly mixed add the crab meat & gently fold through the mix trying not to break it up 2 much.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the oven dish – arrange the potatoes across the mixture brushing the butter between each layer
  6. Top with the parmesan cheese & bake @180c for 35 minutes
  7. Leave gratin to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving
  8. Serve with some peppery leaves like rocket or watercress with a citrus or mustard vinaigrette