Try this Magpie Cafe, Whitby, fish dish at home - Scallops with mushroom, fennel and leek risotto
Have a go a this week’s recipe courtesy of head chef Paul Gildroy.
Ingredients - serves 4
12 king scallops
175g risotto rice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 fennel, finely diced
1 leek, finely sliced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
250g closed cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
800ml vegetable stock
1 tablespoon mushroom ketchup
50g parmesan cheese
Drizzle of white truffle oil
Rapeseed oil for cooking
Salt and pepper
To start, in a pan heat a little rapeseed oil and add half of the chopped onion and garlic, sauté for a couple of minutes then add the closed cup mushrooms.
Sauté for another minute and add about 200ml of the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes remove from the heat and blitz until smooth.
In a deep pan, heat a little rapeseed oil and add the remainder of the onion, all the fennel and leek, sauté until softened and translucent then add the rice.
Stirring over a moderately high heat add the blitzed mushroom, mix in well.
Gradually add the stock a little at a time, stirring frequently.
Gently cook the rice for around 15 minutes or until the rice is soft but still has a little bite.
Add the mushroom ketchup and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
For the scallops, heat a large frying pan and add a little rapeseed oil.
Carefully add the scallops one by one starting at the top of the pan working clockwise around.
Cook the scallops for 2 minutes, turn them over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
To serve, if you have scallop shells clean them up and warm them.
Sit in the shells a good spoon full of risotto and then the pan fried scallop on top, finish with parmesan shavings and a drizzle of truffle oil.