Parma ham topped Scallops on cauliflower & jerusalem artichoke puree

Scallops on cauliflower & jerusalem artichoke puree topped with crispy parma ham, confit tomatoes and tarragon/hazelnut butter sauce

yaaaay, my longest food title yet 🙂 I made this as a starter for our christmas dinner. As It was the only thing I was coocking for the evening, I had all the time in the world to create something a bit more complicated then usual. The dish focuses on different textures. From the silky smooth puree, the slightly firm scallops, to the crunchy dried parma ham and hazelnuts.

Crispy parma ham

  • Best dried ham you can get

Place on a baking sheet and dry in a oven until crisp. Leave to cool and crumble.

Confit tomatos

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped Onion
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Caster sugar
  • Olive oil

Half the tomatoes. Chop the onion, garlic and thyme and place on everything on a baking sheet, season with salt, pepper, sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mix and place in a oven for about 6 hours at 100 °C .

Cauliflower & Jerusalem artichoke puree

  • Cauliflower
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Double cream
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • Nutmeg

Peel the jerusalem artichokes and chop into halves. Cut a equal quantity of cauliflower into small florets. Cover with water and add plenty of salt. Cook for about 10 min. Drain the water and cock for another 5 minutes with a small amount of double cream. Puree with a blender.

Add butter to a small frying pan, cook until golden brown.

Add the brown butter to the puree and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Tarragon/hazelnut butter sauce

  • Butter
  • Tarragon vinegar
  • White vine
  • Fresh tarragon
  • Chopped Hazelnuts
  • Salt & pepper

Melt butter in a pan, add a small amount of tarragon vinegar. Add a splash of white vine. Finally add the tarragon and hazelnuts. Season with salt & pepper.

Scallops & Assembly

  • Nice Scallops
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lime juice

Dry pad the scallops, season with salt and pepper and fry for a couple of minutes on each side. Take them off the heat and  drizzle them with lime juice.

Create 3 little islands of the puree, sit the scallops on top and crumble a bit of the crispy ham on each one. Scatter the tomatoes around the plate, and drizzle with the tarragon and hazelnut butter. Finally garnish with chervil.


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