Seared scallops, seaweed tartare, fried shallots and saffron vinaigrette
Le Cordon Bleu Master chefs are sharing this decadent starter, which offers a complex combination of flavours, with the sweetness of scallops, acidity of capers and cornichons and a background refreshing hint of the sea. This would make the perfect entrée to a Christmas or New Year’s celebration dinner.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
12 medium scallops in the shell
20 g butter
100 g fresh sea lettuce, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
50 g cornichons, finely chopped
50 g mini capers
20 ml olive oil
Malden sea salt
20 ml fish stock
pinch of saffron pistils
20 ml white balsamic vinegar
100 ml olive oil
salt and pepper
20 g sesame seeds, toasted
2 shallots, sliced into rings
50 ml milk
50 g flour
Maldon sea salt
- Scallops: Remove the scallops from their shells and discard the roe. Clean the scallops in cold water. Pat dry on paper and refrigerate.
- Seaweed tartare: Combine the sea lettuce, shallots, cornichons, mini capers, olive oil and Malden sea salt. Set aside and refrigerate until required.
- Saffron vinaigrette: Heat the fish stock, saffron and white balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for about 10 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the sesame seeds. Set aside.
- Fried shallots: Soak the shallot rings in milk for a few minutes and then coat the rings with flour. Preheat a deep fat fryer to 160°C and fry until the rings are golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Finish with a pinch of Malden sea salt.
- Presentation: Place three small rings of seaweed tartare onto a plate. In a large pan, fry the scallops over a medium heat in the butter until they are golden brown, turning once (about 2 to 3 minutes depending on their size). Place a scallop on each ring of seaweed tartare. Arrange the fried shallots around the scallops, pour on the saffron vinaigrette and finish each scallop with a sprig of micro coriander.
If the roe is a bright orange colour, it can also be cooked and added to the dish.
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