Crab pie

I am considering making this at the weekend........has anyone tried it? Any recommendation for an accompanying wine? I would normally look at white wine with crab but as the recipe includes red wine.............

Crab pie
Gordon Ramsay

Serves 4

2 dressed crabs (brown and white meat)
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp red wine
A little butter to grease
450g tin of artichoke bottoms or hearts
3 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
24 seedless white grapes, cut in half
250g fresh asparagus, cooked and chopped
Juice of 1 orange
125g clotted cream
350g puff pastry
1 free-range egg yolk, beaten

1 Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 8.
2 Separate the brown and white crab meat and mix the brown with the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and red wine. Season.
3 Butter a 20cm, 5cm-deep pie dish. Rinse and drain the artichokes and place in the dish. Top with the egg, the spiced brown crab meat, the grapes and asparagus. Season and pour over the orange juice.
4 Spread the clotted cream over the top using a knife and then evenly spread the white crab meat over the cream.
5 Roll out the pastry and cover the top
of the dish. Roughly scrunch the edges around the dish to seal. Brush with beaten egg and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes and serve immediately.
2 tbsp of red isn't going ot overpower it to the extent that a white is out of the question.

Chablis? Muscadet?

Perhaps serve a perry instead?
spike7451 said:
......Sitting here waiting on the obvious 'crab' jokes....
That would just be toooooo easy!

As it's quite a heavy recipe I'd go for a light/medium bodied white that has background acidity; for example an Italian Orvieto or a Vignonier.
There are an awful lot of flavours going on in that pie, Poppy.
It's like all my favourite foods in one pie.
But it does sound VERY interesting. :D
I certainly intend to give it a try ...... hence my posting on the thread (so I can find the recipe again).
Call me uncouthed, if you like, but, in pies like this, I LOVE to have pastry all round (not just on top).
I love a bit of pastry. :wink:
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