Crab Soufflé

Ingredients

  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • Parmesan or breadcrumbs – see recipe
  • 600 mls (1 pint) milk
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 7 free-range eggs, 5 of them separated
  • 50 g (2 oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 150-200 g (5-7 oz) white crab meat

Method

Butter a soufflé dish or dishes, and dust with a little grated Parmesan or toasted fine breadcrumbs.

Put three-quarters of the milk in a saucepan with the seasoning and remaining butter. Bring to the boil.

Beat the two whole eggs with the 5 egg yolks, the flour and the remaining milk, and stir slowly into the boiling milk over a low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens but does not curdle.

Remove from the heat. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Stir the crab into the white sauce, and then fold in the egg white.

Pour into the prepared dish, or dishes, and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for 12 to 22 minutes, depending on the size of the dishes.

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