About this recipe:A must for all seafood lovers. Crab meat is baked with prawns, scallops and plaice fillets in a creamy white sauce. Enjoy with mashed potatoes, if desired.
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
225g butter, divided
125g plain flour, divided
450g fresh crab meat
1 litre water
450g fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
225g small scallops
225g plaice fillets
140g grated mature Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon distilled malt vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 dash hot pepper sauce
40g grated Parmesan cheese
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr20min
In a heavy frying pan, saute the onion and the pepper in half of the butter. Cook until tender. Mix in half of the flour and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in crab meat, remove from heat and set aside.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the prawns, scallops and plaice; simmer for 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 250ml of the cooking liquid and set the seafood aside.
In a heavy saucepan, melt the remaining butter over low heat. Stir in remaining flour. Cook and stir constantly for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk plus the reserved cooking liquid. Raise heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Mix in the grated Cheddar cheese, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Stir in cooked seafood.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease one 20x30cm baking dish. Press crab meat mixture into the bottom of the dish. Spoon the seafood mixture over the crab meat base and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately.
Alternatives to plaice:
Try this recipe with megrim. It's another flat fish from the turbot family.