This recipe makes a delicious crab starter or delightful summer lunch. Salmon and crab terrine is easy to cook and prepare (allow about 35 minutes). The ingredient quantities below are enough for 8 portions. It can be made well in advance so a very practical choice when entertaining friends.
Ingredients For Smoked Salmon And Crab Terrine
250g white crab meat from Walter Purkis & Sons
450g smoked salmon sliced from Walter Purkis & Sons
1tbsp olive oil
140g watercress, tough stems removed, plus extra to serve as grnish
600g reduced-fat cream cheese
Zest 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve
2tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
Cooking Method For Smoked Salmon And Crab Terrine
Line a 20cm x 10cm loaf tin with cling film, place it in as smoothly as possible and letting the excess hang over the sides. Wrinkles will reappear as less attractive lines on your finished dish. Cover the base, ends, and the sides of the terrine tin with 325g of the smoked salmon slices, slightly overlapping them to ensure no gaps. Again, allow the ends of the pieces to overhang so that they can be folded over the finished terrine. Chop the remaining smoked salmon finely and set aside.
Put the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the watercress, allowing it to wilt down over a medium heat for 1 minute. Let it cool, then squeeze out the excess water in a clean tea towel and chop finely.
Divide the cream cheese between two medium-sized mixing bowls. Add the watercress to one half and season. Add the crab meat, chopped smoked salmon, lemon zest, dill, and plenty of black pepper to the other bowl or plain cream cheese and fold together, trying not to break up the salmon too much.
Spoon half the crab mixture into the lined loaf tin, smoothing the top with a spatula. Top with all of the watercress mixture, again smoothing the top. This will create the attractive pale green strip when you serve each slice. Finish with the remaining crab mixture and smooth the top.
Fold the overhanging smoked salmon slices over the top to seal the terrine completely. Then cover the terrine with the overhanging ends of cling film. Weigh it down with a couple of tins or similarly heavy objects and chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours (preferably overnight). Slice and serve with watercress and lemon wedges.