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Crayfish and Seared Scallops

Freshwater crayfish and scallops are both sweet when cooked. In addition, the cold bean and fresh herbs provide a savoury counterbalance with the Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The wine shows a hint of sweetness and depth of flavor which is bought out by the perfumed crayfish crème.

Description

Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc crayfish & seared scallops, green bean, needle mushroom & fresh herb salad, crayfish crème.

Ingredients

Crayfish and Seared Scallops
  • 12 whole baby crayfish
  • 18 scallops
  • 2 Tbsp clarified butter
  • Sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp cooked & diagonally sliced green beans
  • 2 Tbsp peeled broad beans
  • 2 Tbsp baby sweet peas
  • 12 pieces trimmed needle mushrooms
  • 2 tsp each of picked chervil, tarragon, and chive batons
  • 1 tsp black Hawaiian salt flakes
  • 240ml crayfish crème
Crayfish Crème
  • ⅓ cup each of diced carrot, onion & celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 crayfish heads, roasted in the oven then crushed
  • 60ml brandy
  • 100ml cup dry white wine
  • 1 L fish stock
  • fresh herb stalks - chervil, parsley, dill, chive, 1/2 a fresh bayleaf
  • 4 white peppercorns
  • Salt
  • 300ml cream

Method

Preparing the Crayfish and Seared Scallops
  1. Boil whole crayfish in salted water for 2 minutes.
  2. Refresh in iced water, drain & peel the tails, carefully cut down the back of the tail to remove the intestinal tract.
  3. Season the scallops, then fry in a hot pan with the clarified butter until golden.
Preparing the Koura Crème
  1. Gently fry the vegetables and garlic in olive oil for 10 minutes until soft.
  2. Add crushed crayfish heads & further fry for 10 minutes on a low heat.
  3. Add brandy and flambè, then add wine, reduce until almost dry then cover with fish stock.
  4. Add herbs, spices & salt, bring to the boil then skim & simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Strain & reduce to 1/6th its original volume.
  6. Meanwhile reduce cream by half, add to the crayfish reduction, bring to boil then strain.
To serve
  1. Arrange the scallops and crayfish tails in bowls with the green beans scattered on top, place the mushrooms on, then sprinkle with herbs and black salt.
  2. Spoon the hot whisked crayfish crème into the centre of each bowl.

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