Crab and radish bruschetta with radish cress

Ingredients

  • 4-6 big slices sourdough
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt  
  • 800g radishes  
  • Salt and white pepper  
  • 500g white crab meat  
  • 150g sour cream  
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard     
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise  
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives  
  • 2 limes, juiced
Crab and radish bruschetta with radish cress
    Serves four to six

The mild sweetness of crab, paired with the gentle bitterness of radish, is a combination we can't resist - the excuse of needing to taste often invariably ends up with little left for anyone else. If you have more self-restraint, use this mix to top a bruschetta for a starter or a pre-dinner bite, as here, or turn into an opulent salad by serving with boiled waxy potatoes, capers and watercress, and dressing with olive oil.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ gas mark 4. Spread the bread on a flat tray, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden, remove and allow to cool.
  2. On a coarse cheese grater, grate the radish into a fine sieve and add half a teaspoon of salt. Mix, then leave for half an hour. Squeeze the radish to remove as much liquid as possible and transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and season to taste.
  3. When ready to serve, pile the bread with plenty of the crab topping and garnish with radish cress.