About this recipe:Inspired by the small crispy prawn toasts served in Chinese restaurants, these can be served as a starter or they make a good savoury nibble to hand round with drinks. Traditionally the toasts are deep fried in oil, but in this updated healthy version they are baked in a hot oven until crisp and golden.
Prawn and crab topping
85 g (3 oz) peeled raw prawns, very finely chopped
85 g (3 oz) fresh white crab meat, flaked
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove, crushed
½ small red pepper, seeded and diced
½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp double cream
2 tbsp double cream
1 large egg
2 large slices of oatmeal or soft grain bread
2 tsp sesame seeds
salt and pepper
shredded spring onions to garnish
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:25min › Ready in:40min
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Put the prawns, crab meat, spring onions, garlic, red pepper, lemon zest, cayenne pepper and cream into a bowl and mix well to make a spreadable paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside until ready to cook. (If you want to prepare the mixture ahead, it can be kept in the fridge for 4 hours.)
Beat together the cream and egg until smooth. Dip the bread in the mixture to coat both sides, then place on a greased baking sheet. Spread the fish mixture evenly over the bread, right up to the edges.
Lightly brush the remaining egg and cream mixture over the surface of the fish mixture and sprinkle evenly with the sesame seeds.
Bake for 20–25 minutes or until crisp and golden. Cut each slice of toast into 8 triangles and serve immediately, garnished with shredded spring onions.
For five-spice prawn and water chestnut toasts, omit the crab meat and use 170 g (6 oz) prawns. Season with a generous pinch of five-spice powder instead of the cayenne pepper and lemon zest. Instead of the red pepper, stir in 6 water chestnuts, very finely chopped, and 4 tsp chopped fresh coriander.
Crab is a good source of phosphorus which is not only essential for healthy bones and teeth but is also needed for the release of energy from food. * Sesame seeds can be an important source of protein, particularly for vegetarians. The oil extracted from sesame seeds is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can help to prevent heart disease. * Healthy eating recommendations are to increase the intake of complex or starchy carbohydrates. This can easily be achieved by eating more bread, particularly as there is now such a variety to choose from.
Each serving provides
B1, B6, B12, niacin * A, C, copper * B2, E, iron, selenium, zinc