A recipe from ‘Porthminster Beach Cafe – The Cookbook’ to tantalise your taste buds this weekend.
This is one of Michael’s favourite recipes and a really popular dish on the menu at the restaurant; it goes down a storm at lunch on a sunny day, accompanied by a glass of Rosé! Michael says “this classic combination of simple ingredients – chilli, lemon, garlic and parsley – works so well with the crab and mussels here.”
Cooking technique is very important in getting this dish right. Using fish stock can be a bit strong and make the crab overpowering so we use chicken stock instead, which gives a rounded flavour to the dish.
120g picked white crabmeat
350g dried linguine
100ml mild olive oil
2 red chillies, deseeded and finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped garlic
300ml light chicken stock
Juice of 2 lemons
Half a bunch of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
First pick through crabmeat to make sure it’s free from any bits of shell. Scrub the mussels under running water and remove any grit and pull off the little ‘beards’.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the linguine, cook as per instructions until al-dente.
Meanwhile, in a pan large enough to take all the mussels comfortably, heat the olive oil, add the mussels and stir until they begin to open. Next add the chilli and garlic and cook till softened, stirring regularly, do not let them brown. Add the chicken stock and lemon juice to the pan and bring it to the boil.
Drain the pasta and reserve a little of the cooking water. Add the drained pasta to the mussels with the parley and crabmeat and toss together until everything is evenly mixed – loosen with a little of the cooking water if the pasta looks too dry. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
The book will be available to buy from the 18th May, from the restaurant and online (and at the St Ives Food and Drink Festival, taking place over the weekend 18th and 19th May).