Oven Roasted Smoked Haddock

Made this Simon Rimmer recipe for supper last night and it was quick, easy and a good blend of three textures – the moist smoky fish, creamy cauliflower puree and the crispy black puddings. My only comment is that I think, scrummy as they undoubtedly are, two black pudding rounds per person are enough.

OVEN ROASTED SMOKED HADDOCK by Simon Rimmer

OVEN ROASTED SMOKED HADDOCK

Ingredients serves 4
For the haddock
4 x 175g/6oz smoked haddock fillets
60g/2oz butter
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, juice only
12 slices black pudding
1 tbsp vegetable oil
knob of butter
For the cauliflower purée
1 cauliflower, broken into florets
100ml/3½fl oz vegetable stock
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
250ml/9fl oz double cream
15g/½oz butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
chives, snipped

How to prepare
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Put each haddock fillet on a piece of aluminium foil or greaseproof paper. Top with a piece of butter and season with freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice. Bring the edges of the greaseproof paper together and fold to form a sealed parcel.

Repeat the process with the remaining haddock, butter, freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice. Transfer the parcels to a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based frying pan and fry the black pudding for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp on the outside.

Cook the cauliflower in boiling water until tender. Drain and place the cauliflower into a food processor with some of the vegetable stock. Blend until smooth. (You may need to add all of the stock.) Add the mustard and cream and season with salt and pepper.

Spoon some of the purée onto a plate, place the pudding on top and top with the fish. Garnish with a few snipped chives.

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