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Crabcakes with a tomato, crab and basil dressing

This recipe takes some time but the fantastic flavour is well worth waiting for.

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  • 1 cooked brown crab, weighing about 1.25kg/2½lb
  • 300ml/10fl oz olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 900g/2lb potatoes
  • flour, for dusting
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g/4oz breadcrumbs
  • 2 tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, 6 thinly sliced and 4 left whole
  • juice of ¼ lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper