A few years ago I accidentally ended up in a French restaurant in The Valley. I say accidentally because I thought it looked an awful lot like a pub when I walked past in search of a quick bite.
It was only when I opened the menu that I realized I couldn’t understand a lot of what was written, including the prices.
Rather than walk out I ordered the most reasonably priced item on the menu and it has been haunting me ever since, because it tasted so unbelievably, unacceptably good.
And because it was in French, I have no idea what it actually was, save it had the texture of potato and tasted like fish.
What it’s done is set me on a journey of discovery. Mostly I’ve discovered recipes I don’t like, but this one is delicious and a real find. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, it’s almost exactly unlike the wonderful dish I had in that French restaurant. Enjoy 🙂
You will need:
300g white fish fillets (we used Barramundi)
10g + 10g + 20g butter
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon wholgrain mustard
salt & pepper
STEP ONE: Boil potato/es, skin on, in lightly salted water until tender.
STEP TWO: In a saucepan, just barely cover the fish fillet with cold water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to boil, then simmer for 3 minutes. Leave fish to cool in water before draining and mashing with a fork.
STEP THREE: Heat 10g of butter, add chopped shallots and cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Add cream and remove from heat.
STEP FOUR: Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
STEP FIVE: Grease four 300ml ramekins with 10g of the butter.
STEP SIX: Drain and peel potatoes then mash with a fork, adding the remaining 20ml of butter, the creamy shallot mix and a nice grinding of pepper and then mix in the egg yolks and mustard.
STEP SEVEN: Fold in the fish to the potato mix.
STEP EIGHT: Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk until stiff then fold them into the potato/fish mix.
STEP NINE: Spoon the mixture into the ramekins and bake for 15 minutes.
STEP TEN: Spoon gleefully into your mouth while thinking, “I’m so clever. I want to eat them all. Stuff it, I’ll feed the kids beans on toast.”
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