Cucumber Bellevue With Crab Meat Or Shrimp
|Crab meat/1 1/2 cups cooked whole shrimp||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Plain gelatin||2 Tablespoon|
|Onion slice/1 teaspoon onion juice||2|
|Hot water||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)|
|Green coloring||1 Drop|
|Tarragon vinegar/A sprig of tarragon from bottle if possible||2 Tablespoon|
|Lemon juice||1 Teaspoon|
|Cayenne pepper||1⁄8 Teaspoon|
|Finely chopped celery||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
Flake the crab meat, or prepare shrimp; mix with the cayenne pepper and chopped celery.
Peel cucumbers and dice, fine.
Add cucumbers to crab-celery mixture; let drain in refrigerator.
Heat the 1 1/4 cup of water along with the onion and other seasonings, allowing to simmer for 5 minutes, but not reduce in quantity.
Soak gelatin in cold water.
Strain water and seasonings, add gelatin and thoroughly dissolve.
Tint with coloring, if desired, or leave it clear, giving it a "bellevue" (clear view).
Grease a mold (a fish or lobster mold is pretty for this); add 1/4 inch of gelatin mixture and allow to congeal; pour in crab meat mixed with 3 tablespoons of gelatin and allow to set; then add another layer of gelatin, etc., until mold is filled, ending with gelatin on top.
If desired, mix crab mixture with gelatin and pour all in together, instead.