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Nathan Outlaw's haddock, broad beans and smoked haddock potatoes
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"There is nothing wrong with battered haddock and chips, but if you haven’t yet tasted grilled haddock you are really missing out. A fillet of haddock taken from a medium to large fish, seasoned simply with salt and pepper and grilled to perfection, has an amazing flavour.
This is a lovely seasonal dish. Young, tender broad beans are both added to a chowder sauce and served as a purée on the side. New potatoes are baked, then stuffed with smoked haddock mixed with the scooped-out potato, cheese and herbs, and baked again. The grilled haddock fillets sit atop the chowder sauce, all finished with parsley oil." - Nathan Outlaw
Serves: 4 as a main course
4 haddock fillets, about 200g each, trimmed and pin-boned
Light olive oil for cooking
Cornish sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the potatoes:
4 large new potatoes
150g smoked haddock fillet, skinned
20g Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
For the broad bean purée:
300g freshly podded young broad beans
100g full-fat cream cheese
100g full-fat Greek-style yoghurt
Juice of 1 lime
For the chowder sauce:
Olive oil for cooking
50g unsalted butter
1 banana shallot, peeled and diced
1 leek, washed, trimmed and finely sliced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 sprigs of thyme
1 bay leaf
50ml cider vinegar
200ml fish stock (see page 288)
200ml double cream
1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
100g freshly podded young broad beans, cooked and skinned
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
For the parsley oil:
100g flat-leaf parsley leaves
300ml light rapeseed oil
First prepare the parsley oil
If possible, do this a day ahead. Bring a pan of salted water to a simmer and have a bowl of iced water ready. Add the parsley to the simmering water and blanch for 20 seconds. Scoop out the parsley and plunge into the iced water to cool fast. Drain and squeeze out excess water. Put the parsley into a blender with the rapeseed oil and blitz for 2 minutes. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 3–4 hours, ideally overnight.
For the smoked haddock new potatoes
Preheat your oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas Mark 7. Put the potatoes on a baking tray and bake for 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, halve the potatoes and scoop out the flesh into a bowl, keeping the skins intact. Leave to cool until barely warm. Dice the smoked haddock and add it to the potato flesh with the cheese and parsley. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and place in a baking dish. Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes until crispy.
To make the broad bean purée
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and have a bowl of ice-cold water ready. Add the broad beans to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and plunge into the cold water to cool quickly and keep their colour. Drain well. Tip the broad beans into a food processor and add the cream cheese, yoghurt and lime juice. Blitz for 3 minutes, then taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed. Spoon into a container. Keep the purée in the fridge, ready to reheat and serve.
To make the chowder sauce
Heat a saucepan over a medium heat then add a drizzle of olive oil and the butter. When the butter is melted and bubbling, add the shallot, leek, celery, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, to soften but not colour. Add the cider vinegar and simmer until reduced totally. Add the cider and fish stock and cook until reduced by half. Add the cream andpotato and cook until the potato is tender. Remove and set aside.
To cook the haddock
Preheat the grill and oil the fish and grill tray. Season the fish well with salt and pepper. Grill skin side up, without turning, for 4–5 minutes. Leave to rest on the tray.
To assemble and serve
While the fish is grilling, reheat the broad bean purée. Heat up the sauce in a pan, then add the broad beans and parsley and heat for 30 seconds. Share the sauce among 4warmed plates. Place 2 potato halves and a grilled haddock fillet on each plate. Add a generous spoonful of broad bean purée and finish with a drizzle of parsley oil. Serve at once.
This recipe was first published in April 2019.