Edinburgh Evening News 72 - Scottish Hake Fillet, Shellfish Cannelloni, Fennel and Dill Purée, Clams, Cockles

October 16, 2015

As today marks the last day of Seafood Week I thought that it was only fitting to share a dish that makes the most of the amazing seafood that Scotland has to offer.

This week I am sharing a recipe for the new hake dish which is currently appearing on the menu at the restaurant.  In the development of this dish we experimented with different colours and patterns for the pasta.  We use squid ink to create the striped effect and we’ve even come up with a method for making tartan pasta!  Once you have mastered the basic method of making pasta then you can get creative by adding flavours and colour to the dough to create your own pattern. 

More information about Seafood Week can be found at http://www.fishisthedish.co.uk/seafoodweek 

Serves 4

For the shellfish mousse 


250g plaice
5 scallops, roe removed
1 egg
175ml double cream
A pinch of salt
50g cockles, cooked and shells removed
50g mussels, cooked and shells removed
½ tbsp. chopped dill


•    Blend the scallops and plaice 
•    Add the salt and the egg
•    While blending drizzle in 125ml of the cream until combined
•    Chill the mixture for half an hour
•    Fold the remaining cream through the mixture
•    Add the cockles, mussels and dill 
•    Place the mixture into a piping bag and return to the fridge for half an      hour 
•    Pipe onto rolled out clingfilm
•    Roll up into cylinders and store in the fridge

For the pasta 

200g pasta flour
5 egg yolks
1 whole egg
5ml olive oil


•    Place the flour on a board 
•    Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks and olive oil
•    Using your fingertips, mix the ingredients together until it resembles        breadcrumbs
•    Add the whole egg and mix until it forms a dough
•    Wrap the dough well in clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour
•    Roll the dough through a pasta machine until you reach the thinnest            setting
•    Cut into lasagne sheets
•    Store in the fridge layered between clingfilm until required 

For the fennel and dill purée

2 bulbs of fennel, thinly sliced
3 shallots, diced
75g butter
300ml milk
300ml double cream
½ pack of dill, finely chopped



•    Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan and add the shallots and            fennel
•    Sweat until the fennel is cooked and almost falling apart but with no          colour  
•    Add the milk and cream and simmer for 15-18 minutes 
•    Add the dill
•    Blend in a high speed blender until smooth and glossy 
•    Season to taste with salt
•    Pass through a fine sieve 
•    Keep warm until needed


For the garnish
200g clams
200g cockles
1 clove garlic, crushed
25g butter
100ml white wine


•    In a pan simmer all ingredients with a lid on until the shellfish have        opened
•    Pick the clams and cockles out of their shells
•    Pass the cooking liquor through fine muslin
•    Reserve the liquor to reheat the clams and cockles when serving


For the hake


4 x 180g portions of hake, pin boned
A drizzle of rapeseed oil
30g butter 
1/2 lemon, juiced 
Sea salt 


•    Heat up a non-stick pan until almost smoking hot 
•    Add a drizzle of rapeseed oil 
•    Place hake, skin side down in the pan and turn down the heat 
•    Cook the hake slowly on its skin side until it is cooked halfway up the        fish
•    Add a sprinkle of salt, the butter and lemon juice 
•    Take the pan off the heat, turn the fish over and allow it to finish          cooking in the residual heat

To serve:

•    Poach the mousse in simmering water for 6 minutes
•    Cut one end of the clingfilm and slide out the cylinders of mousse
•    Heat the clams and cockles
•    Cook the pasta sheets in salted boiling water for 1 minute only
•    Drain and season with a little salt
•    Place the mousse onto the pasta sheets and roll up completely
•    Transfer to the plates and unroll the pasta but leave enough rolled            around mousse to create the cannelloni effect
•    Plate remaining elements as per the image



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