Seared scallops with salsify, blood orange and brown shrimp

servings4
1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

Scallop

  • 16 scallops
  • butter
  • oil
  • lemon juice

Blood orange and shrimp butter

  • 4 tbsp of brown shrimp
  • 40 blood orange segments
  • 2 shallots, cut into julienne
  • 6 white peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, small
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300ml of white wine
  • 250g of butter, diced
  • 200ml of lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • chervil, chopped
  • thyme leaves, chopped
  • dill, chopped
  • salt to taste

Poached salsify

  • 500g of batons of salsify, cut into 4 inch baton
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 white peppercorns
  • 100ml of white wine
  • 50ml of white wine vinegar
  • 500ml of chicken stock

To serve

  • monk's beard, blanched

Method

1
To make the blood orange and shrimp butter, place the shallots, peppercorns, thyme, garlic and white wine in a saucepan. Gently simmer for 40 minutes, then pass through a fine sieve
  • 300ml of white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 6 white peppercorns
  • 2 shallots, cut into julienne
2
Place 100ml of this reduction into a clean pan and bring to the boil
3
Slowly whisk the butter into the reduction, one or two pieces at a time while cooking - only add the next piece of butter once the rest has melted and emulsified into the sauce. Finish with the fresh lemon juice and season with cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside until ready to serve
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 200ml of lemon juice
  • 250g of butter, diced
4
To cook the salsify, sweat the shallots in oil with the thyme, garlic and peppercorns until soft but without colour
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 white peppercorns
5
Add the white wine, bring to the boil and reduce by half, then add the white wine vinegar and chicken stock and bring to the boil
  • 100ml of white wine
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • 50ml of white wine vinegar
6
Check the seasoning, then add the salsify batons and poach until tender for 5 - 10 minutes
  • 500g of batons of salsify, cut into 4 inch baton
7
To cook the scallops, add a knob of butter and a dash of oil to a frying pan and heat until very hot
  • butter
  • oil
8
Season the scallops and place them in the pan. Cook on a high heat for 2 minutes - do not move the scallops around the pan until they have caramelised on each side
  • 16 scallops
9
Squeeze a little lemon juice over the scallops, remove from the pan and finish under a hot salamander or grill
  • lemon juice
10
Meanwhile, gently heat the beurre blanc with the brown shrimp and the blood orange segments. When hot, stir in the herbs
  • 4 tbsp of brown shrimp
  • 40 blood orange segments
  • chervil, chopped
  • thyme leaves, chopped
  • dill, chopped
11
To serve, warm the salsify in its cooking liquor and arrange into hot bowls. Spoon over the sauce, then place the scallops around. Finish with the blanched monk's beard over the top
  • monk's beard, blanched