Layered Crab and Spinach Terrine


From the California Culinary Academy

Crab Layer

1/2 pound crab meat, picked over and flaked

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 large eggs



Spinach Layer

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 teaspoons flour

1/2 cup whipping cream

2/3 cup half and half

1 1/4 pounds cooked spinach
Drained and squeezed to remove excess moisture

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon sugar

salt to taste


Sauce


Mix together,

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely minced roasted red pepper
1 clove of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste.

Chives for garnish
.
Preheat oven to 375°F.  For the crab layer:  In a medium bowl combine
the crab, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper and cayenne.  
Stir in eggs and set mixture aside.

For the Spinach layer:  Melt butter in a heavy saucepan until foamy.  
Whish in flour and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring
constantly.

Whisk in whipping cream and half-and-half.  Bring to a boil and then
reduce heat and simmer slowly 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally, scraping
down the sides and around the bottom as necessary.  Mixture will
thicken as cooks.

Remove from heat and stir in spinach.  Let cool.  Stir in eggs, one at
a time then add black pepper, nutmeg, sugar and salt.

To assemble the terrine:  Grease an 8 cup loaf pan/terrine pan with
butter.  Spoon half the crab mixture in the bottom and cover with all
of the spinach mixture.  Spoon remaining crab mixture over the spinach.

Set the terrine in a baking pan and pour 1 inch of hot water into the
baking pan. Bake uncovered until golden brown and puffy.  Approximately
30 to 45 minutes. Cool on a rack and then refrigerate.  

To serve, run a knife around the edge and invert on to a serving
platter.  Slice about 1/2 thick slices and place two on each plate.  
Decorate plate with a lettuce leaf and place a dollop of the sauce on
the lettuce leaf.  Garnish with a few chives.




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