I have no idea why this is called mock crab, as it isn’t remotely fishy. But, what it is, is a really quick and tasty filling for sandwiches, toasties, and maybe controversially baked potatoes.
My Mum made this mix of corned (chipped) beef, tomatoes and onion for slightly fancier lunches. I love her, but she wasn’t especially adventurous, this was one of the things she knew we all loved.
Someone told me that this was devised during World War II, because people had to rely on tinned food as there could be shortages of fresh food. However it came about, it’s really delicious.
340 Gram Tin of corned beef
1/2 Small onion (finely chopped)
2 Small tomatoes
2 Tbsps Mayonnaise (you can increase this if you want a creamier texture)
- Remove the corned beef from the tin and either chop finely or mash with a fork
- Finely chop the onion, and chop the tomatoes into 1 cm chunks (you can makes the mix a bit chunkier if you prefer)
- Add the mayonnaise and mix well, before filling sandwiches or baked potatoes