Cromer Crab | Lobster Bisque | Cromer Crab Crostini | Baby Watercress
Crab | Lobster Bisque
600g lobster heads
400g Cromer crab bodies
1tsp olive oil
Half a small onion chopped
Half a small carrot chopped
Half a stick of celery chopped
Pinch of saffron threads
1 small sprig of thyme
½ tsp of fennel seeds
60g tomato puree
Small pinch of cayenne pepper
100ml white wine
½ litre fish stock
½ litre chicken stock
½ litre double cream
4 thin slices of ciabatta
250g of white crab meat
75g crème fraiche
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tomato (skin & seeds removed then finely diced)
Small handful of chopped coriander (optional)
Zest and juice of one lime
Crush the lobster heads and crab bodies with a rolling pin until they are well broken up
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and start to roast the lobster and crab bones, once they have started to roast well add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over a low heat.
When the vegetables browned add the thyme, bay leaf and saffron threads stirring occasionally so they do not stick to the pan.
After roughly 5 minutes stir in the tomato puree and cayenne pepper and cook out the tomato paste then add the brandy and wine, flambé to burn off the alcohol.
Add the fish and chicken stock and bring up to the boil, season lightly with sea salt. Simmer for 40 minutes stirring occasionally making sure to skim off any scum.
Add the cream and blend until smooth and then pass through a fine strainer.
Lightly drizzle olive oil over ciabatta
Lightly chargrill ciabatta on each side until crispy (season with rock salt)
In a separate bowl mix the rest of the ingredients and season to taste
Spread the mix over the crostini and top with baby watercress.