Seared diver-caught king scallops with smoked salmon fritters and a fennel puree
- 4 king scallops
- Smoked salmon fritters -100g smoked salmon chopped
- 25g butter
- 25g flour
- 200ml milk
- 1 egg
- 50g breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp flour
- Fennel puree - 1 bulb fennel
- 25ml rapeseed oil
- 1 clove garlic
- Juice of one lemon
- Pinch of salt
- Seaweed butter - 1 chopped shallot
- 100ml white wine
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 100g butter
- 20g soaked, dried seaweed mix
- Smoked salmon fritters: Melt butter and add flour. Cool for 1 minute, then add milk a little at a time and cook gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in chopped smoked salmon and allow to cool. Shape into small balls and coat in flour, then add beaten egg and finally breadcrumbs. Set aside in fridge.
- Fennel puree: Boil the chopped fennel in salted water until soft. Drain off water and liquidise with garlic, oil, lemon juice and salt. Set aside.
- Seaweed butter: Reduce the white wine, vinegar and shallots until syrupy then whisk in butter and set aside. Deep fry the smoked salmon fritters until golden and keep warm.
- Heat a frying pan with a little oil and sear scallops for 1 minute on each side and rest on a warm plate.
- On a serving plate spread a spoonful of the fennel puree. Top with the scallops, fritters and scattered seaweed. Spoon butter sauce over and serve.
As a child Steve McCallum would spend time on the west coast of Scotland with his uncle, a lobster fisherman in Tarbert, bringing in the creels and aquiring a taste for fresh food.
‘I still have a fondness for those early memories of eating fish and shellfish, especially the difference it makes to eat something you’ve caught yourself.
‘The freshness is amazing and because something grown wild is at its best, you want to make sure it’s prepared and cooked correctly.’
This is the philosophy behind the food Steve prepares for the guests at Kinloch House near Blairgowrie in Perthshire where he has access to what he describes as the ‘best larder around’.
‘We get a small amount of vegetables from the walled garden and the grapevines and fig trees are fantastic considering where we are.
‘There are lots of apple and pear trees and we combine these fruits with game such as roe deer, partridge and grouse. We can also get all manner of seasonal berries nearby, which we use all summer.’
This recipe originally appeared in our November 2016 edition.