We were invited recently to spend the day with the brilliant Zena from Love Norwich Food, who had some amazing ideas of how to turn our crumpets into gourmet dishes! Zena, who is a bit of an expert on all things food in Norfolk, worked for many years as a chef in London, and now runs a variety of cookery courses, food walking tours and is one of Norfolk's biggest food bloggers, (also making up one third of the blogger team, Norfolk Food Bloggers).
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of the incredible recipes she created using our crumpets as the base. They certainly put a simple 'butter and marmite' topping to shame let me tell you! What surprised us the most, was how quick and simple each recipe was, yet the results tasted like Michelin star meals! We were in absolute heaven, and I swear I nearly cried at one point they tasted that good...
First up is a 'Crab Tian', or as we have renamed it:
Crab Crumpet Tower
This crumpet creation is visually extremely impressive – a show stopper for any dinner party! A tall layered tower of crab meat and salad, the latter of which can really be made up of any little bits of salad ingredients you have in the fridge. You don't even need to heat up the crumpet – we built our tower on a naked Original crumpet and the result was a deliciously fresh and light dish with tonnes of flavour.
Perfect as a starter or sharing dish. Quantities are per person / per crumpet.
½ Tin of dressed crab
1 dessert spoon mayonnaise
1 Mini gerkin
Dash of chopped chives
A couple of capers to decorate (optional)
(For the salad layers but feel free to improvise)
Small handful of shredded lettuce
1 Inch Cucumber (thinly sliced),
1 Medium tomato (thinly sliced)
1 Avocado (thinly sliced)
Crumpet ring / scone or cookie cutter
1. Prep the crab by placing the dressed crab meat in a bowl and binding with the mayonnaise. Season a tad with salt and pepper, add the finely chopped gherkin and chives (optional).
2. Put the crumpet on the plate, and place the cookie cutter / crumpet ring on top of it. Now simply build up layers of each ingredient on top of the crumpet, gradually move the cookie cutter up as you go, to provide the framework for each new layer until you've gone as high as you dare. For example out layers were ordered:
- approx 1cm crab meat (patted down with the back of a spoon),
- shredded lettuce & sliced avocado
- 1cm crab meat,
- tomato & cucumber slices,
- 1cm crab meat,
- avocado slices and capers on top
Check out our Instagram feed for a few extra videos of the process
And to Adam Withey for his brilliant food photography skills.
Pick up some of our Original Crumpets and start building your own delicious Crab Crumpet Tower!