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Let chef Chris King of Roux at The Landau help you get your dinner menu sorted tonight

Published on November 7th 2011.


What's Cooking?

CHRIS King has been coined a culinary protege having been chosen as Chef de Cuisine at Roux at The Landau, following a seven-year stretch at London's infamous Le Gavroche. He also cooked at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York and Roux at Parliament Square before taking the helm at The Langham hotel's star eatery. King's dishes stay true to the Roux's classic French construction, but he adds a modern touch by adding lighter ingredients and a contemporary presentation. This recipe is a perfect starter for a dinner party or double up the portions for an indulgent dinner for two.

 

 

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SEARED SCALLOPS WITH JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES, MARCONA ALMONDS AND TARRAGON

 

 Serves 4

 

12 Large diver scallops, cleaned and well dried

500g Jerusalem artichokes

1 Lemon

150g Double cream

50g Salted marcona almonds

2 Sprigs tarragon

30g Unsalted butter

Almond oil

Coarse sea salt

 

Peel the Jerusalem artichokes into cold water acidulated with a little lemon juice to stop them discolouring. Shave two of them very thinly and put them back into the water for later.

Roughly chop the rest of the artichokes, about 2cm across. Cover them with the cream and a pinch of salt, bring to the boil on the stove then transfer them to a 180c oven with a piece of greaseproof paper on top. After about fifteen minutes they should be nice and tender with the cream reduced and thick. Transfer the whole lot to a blender and pureé until smooth, seasoning with a dash of lemon juice and more salt if needed.

Roughly chop the Marcona almonds and pick the leaves from the tarragon.

Cook the butter in a small saucepan until foaming and golden brown, season with lemon juice and salt and set aside.

Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan or cast iron skillet until roasting hot. Season the scallops on both sides with coarse sea salt, drizzle with a little grapeseed or olive oil and sear them in the pan until golden brown and a crust forms. Be careful not to shake the pan or move the scallops as moving them will let some of their juice escape and they will start to boil. Turn the scallops over and repeat on the underneath but take care to keep the scallops a little underdone in the middle.

Serve the scallops with the jerusalem artichoke pureé and sprinkle over the chopped almonds. Dress the shaved artichokes and tarragon leaves in a little lemon juice and almond oil and arrange this salad on the jerusalem artichokes. Finally spoon over a bit of the nut brown butter and enjoy.

Perfect with ice cold manzanilla sherry.

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Mark GarnerNovember 9th 2011.

What are Marcona almonds and where can I buy them?

Casey, the editorNovember 10th 2011.

A little foodie lesson from The Guardian: "Marconas come from south-eastern Spain, and are, in fact, a new variety developed only 20 or so years ago. Flatter and more rounded than standard almonds, they are packed with rich oil and are sweet, buttery and mild."

And the good new – available at your local Sainbury's!

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