Charlotte d’Asperges au Crabe (Crab and Asparagus Terrine)

  • Serves

    serves 10-12


Cooked, chopped shrimp or scallops can be substituted for crab in this asparagus-adorned terrine.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 lb. pencil asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 12 cup homemade fish stock or store-bought, chilled
  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 2 cups small curd cottage cheese, drained overnight
  • 2 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp. minced chives
  • 1 tbsp. minced dill
  • 1 small red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and minced
  • 10 oz. cooked snow crabmeat, finely shredded
  • Sliced tomato, for garnish (optional)


Step 1

Bring a 4–qt. saucepan of salted water to a boil; cook asparagus until tender, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water until cold; drain. Line a 10″ cake pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4″ hanging over edges; set aside.

Step 2

Place half the stock in a large bowl; sprinkle in gelatin and let sit 10 minutes. Bring remaining stock to a simmer in a 1-qt. saucepan; whisk into gelatin mixture. Stir in cheeses, parsley, chives, dill, bell pepper, salt, and pepper; fold in crab. Spoon mixture into prepared pan; fold edges of plastic wrap over top and chill until firm, at least 1 hour. To serve, unmold onto a serving platter and discard plastic wrap; arrange asparagus over top and sides and garnish with sliced tomato, if you like.

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