Crab, avocado & herby hollandaise tarts

Crab, avocado & herby hollandaise tarts

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Serves 8 as a starter
These versatile crab tarts are perfect for Christmas or celebratory meals

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal484
  • fat42g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 8 slices white bread (medium sliced white works best)
  • 50g butter, melted



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 ripe avocado



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 100g bag wild rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 400g white crabmeat (we used 2 x 200g tubs Hebridean crab meat from the Waitrose chiller cabinet)

For the herby hollandiase

  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 250g pack unsalted butter
  • small handful chervil or tarragon, roughly chopped



    Chervil is an annual herb that looks similar to flat leaf parsley but with a finer stem and more…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Punch out a circle from the centre of each slice of bread using a 10cm round cutter and roll flat with a rolling pin. Brush circles with the melted butter on each side, then press into 8 individual tart tins. Lift onto 2 baking sheets and bake for 10 mins or until tinged with gold at the edges. Carefully flip the cases out from the tins so they are upside down on the trays, then put back into the oven for 5 mins or until crisp and dry. Leave to cool. Can be kept in an airtight tin for up to 3 days.

  2. To start the sauce, put the vinegar, peppercorns and bay leaf into a small pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 mins or until reduced to about 1 tbsp. Take off the heat, then strain out bay leaf and peppercorns. Will keep covered in the fridge for up to a week.

  3. Halve avocados, stone and peel. Thinly slice avocado, put into a bowl and gently toss with a squeeze of lemon juice. Can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 2 hrs before serving. When ready to serve, put the avocado and a little rocket into each case, then top with crabmeat. Tip vinegar reduction into a tall, narrow jug, then add the egg yolks. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat (don’t boil), then add to the jug. Put a stick blender right to the bottom of the jug, turn on and draw very slowly up through the butter. The sauce will thicken as the yolks and butter meld together. Add herbs, season, then add a dash of lemon juice to bring out the herby flavour and cut through the butteriness. Spoon the hollandaise generously over each tartlet so it oozes over the crab. Serve at once.

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Comments (3)

nikki_m_bishop's picture

Made these as a starter for my new years eve dinner party and they were a big hit.

mummybailey's picture

made these in miniature as canapes for a christmas party and they went down really well, simple to make but they look very pretty & creative!

woodelf's picture

Tried these for small dinner party. Delicious and easy to make.

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