A Birthday Lunch

My dad’s birthday falls soon after Christmas so I am often out of gift ideas.

Okay, it’s not until February.  But boys are hard to shop for!

Since I enjoy cooking, I will often make a gift out of food. Last year, I invited my parents over to our house for a birthday lunch. I made a flaming Ouzo shrimp appetizer, which scared my mom.  And for lunch I made a crab pot pie.  As his birthday is coming around again, I find myself reminiscing about this meal.  It was a recipe I created to combine some of his favorite things and now I will share it with you.  It is a perfect, luxurious party meal–especially since you can assemble it all in advance and just throw it in the oven when company arrives.  Here is my recipe, complete with inexact measurements.
Crab Pot Pie

Crab Pot Pie (6 servings)
1 pound crab meat
1/4 cup dry Sherry
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups Leeks sliced
2-3 cups mushrooms sliced
1 cup Celery sliced
1 cup carrot diced/sliced
1/2 onion, diced
zest of 1 lemon
2 cups chicken stock
3-5 tbsp of butter
1/2 cup flour
A lil cream
A lil fresh parsley and thyme
Puff pastry, thawed. (get 4 sheets!)
1 egg lightly beaten with some h2o (this is an egg wash)
  1. Saute all veg (with garlic) in butter until tender.  Season with S & P.  Add flour and cook off
  2. Add chicken stock, sherry and cream cook through,
  3. In another bowl, mix crab with lemon zest, a bit of paprika and fresh parsley and thyme
  4. Take cream mix off heat and gently stir in crab (keep big lumps)
  5. Butter some ramekins and spoon pie mix in.  Put some egg wash around the outside rim of the ramekin; this will help the pastry stick to it when you pinch it around.
  6. Cover ramekins with puff pastry (making sure pastry is slightly bigger), pinch pastry around and brush on egg wash.  Season crusts with a little S &P
  7. Bake in oven at 375 for 25-35 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.

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A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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One Comment on “A Birthday Lunch”

  1. January 1, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    What a great twist on the pot pie.

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