Crabmeat tapas

Today’s recipe is of Hispanic origin: crab tapas, a delicious appetizer to go with a ‘happy hour’ or pre-dinner drink at home. In Spain there is a widespread gastronomic tradition which takes place mainly during the weekend: it is the custom of tapas, moving from one bar to another whetting the appetite here and there with a drink whether alcoholic or not. Tapas are simply the snacks that are served at the counter of the various bars or clubs: typically these might be olives, fried calamari, meatballs, Galician octopus, Russian salad and many others. Among the tapas you might also find ‘pinchos’, small bread canapés topped with various delicious and imaginative ingredients. Today, our chef offers us a true pincho, a tapa made with crabmeat that will undoubtedly delight your guests. Prepare these crab tapas for a drinks party among friends. Offer them along with other delicious savoury titbits and a choice of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Ingredients

  • crab sticks 200 grams
  • parsley 20 grams
  • garlic 1 clove
  • mayonnaise 100 millilitres
  • oil 20 grams
  • bread 400 grams Baguette
  • lumpfish roe 50 units
Information
20 minutes Total time
Serves 3 persons
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Preparation

Cut the crab meat into small pieces and place in a bowl. Chop up a bunch of parsley and add to the crab meat. Add the light mayonnaise and a pinch of cumin. Crush a small clove of garlic and add to the mixture. Cut some slices of baguette and toast them. Put a spoonful of crab meat paste on each slice of baguette. On each of the tapas that you make in this way, put a teaspoon of lumpfish roe.

Tips
If you are about to organize a dinner with friends and you’ve overdone the pizza or chips, take some inspiration from Spanish cuisine. There we will find a wonderful variety of tapas, with their unusual flavours that will delight your guests.
Trivia
In Venice there is a similar tradition to that of Spanish tapas. In the ‘bàcari’, local bars in the area stretching from the Bridge of Spires to the Holy Apostles, it is traditional to take a drink - a prosecco for example - and nibble on various "spuncioni". Pensioners and university students alike, like to spend the evening moving from ‘bacaro’ to ‘bacaro’ eating bar snacks and drinking.

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