‘TWO TAILS’ – MONKFISH AND OXTAIL, HERB PANCAKE, SMOKED BACON AND PARSNIP

SERVES 4  |  TOTAL TIME: 2 HRs 15 MIN

Ingredients

MONKFISH

  • 200g of oxtail

MONKFISH

RED WINE SAUCE

HERB PANCAKES

  • 100g of egg
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 100ml of milk
  • 30ml of water
  • 1 pinch of chopped dill
  • 1 pinch of chopped parsley

PARSNIP PURÉE

  • 500g of parsnip
  • 400ml of milk
  • 400ml of water
  • 50g of butter
  • salt

TO SERVE

A mouth watering dish for any occasion. The Monkfish is so soft and full of flavour. Accompanied by the herb pancakes makes it a taste sensation.

Method

  • Preheat a water bath to 90°C
  • Place a large pan over a high heat with a little oil. Season the oxtail, then sear in the hot pan until caramelized all over. Leave to cool before placing into a vacuum bag, ensuring that the pieces of oxtail don’t overlap. Seal the bag and cook in the water bath for 12 hours
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Place a large pan over a high heat, melt the butter and add the onions, mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Cook until caramelized, then add the red wine and reduce by half
  • Add the thyme, peppercorns and chicken stock to the pan and simmer over a medium heat until reduced to a sauce-like consistency, skimming the surface of the sauce regularly to remove any impurities. Once reduced, pass it through a fine sieve followed by a muslin cloth and reserve, keeping warm until ready to serve
  • Remove the cooked oxtail from the vacuum bag and flake the meat from the bone. Discard the bones and reserve the meat, keeping warm until required
  • For the pancakes, combine the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Pre-heat a small non-stick frying pan until hot, then add just enough of the pancake batter to coat the base of the pan. Cook for approximately 30 seconds on each side and tip onto a plate, repeating the process until you have four wafer thin pancakes
  • Line four small round moulds or ramekins each with a pancake and fill with the flaked oxtail. Fold the tops of the pancakes over to completely encase the oxtail and cover the moulds tightly in cling film. Reserve in the fridge until required
  • Preheat a water bath to 47°C
  • For the monkfish, line the work surface with a large piece of cling film and arrange the pancetta slices side by side over the top – the slices should overlap slightly along the length of the cling film to form a sheet of pancetta
    12 slices of pancetta
  • Place the monkfish loin on top of the pancetta and roll the cling film around the monkfish and pancetta to form a wrapped monkfish loin. Tie each end with cling film then place in a vacuum bag and seal. Cook in the water bath for 30 minutes
    500g of monkfish fillet, trimmed
  • Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the parsnips for the purée. Place in a saucepan and cover with milk and water, then bring to the boil and simmer gently until the parsnips are soft and cooked through
  • Strain the cooked parsnips and transfer to a blender, then add the butter and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pass through a fine sieve, keeping warm until ready to serve
  • Fry the bacon in a non-stick frying pan without oil until completely crispy, then drain and leave to cool. Chop into a fine crumb or blitz in a food processor until it forms a coarse powder
  • Peel and cut the remaining parsnips into 2cm dice. Blanch in boiling salted water for 2–3 minutes, then plunge into iced water to refresh. Drain the parsnips and dry thoroughly on a kitchen towel
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a saucepan and add the parsnip dice. Gently fry until golden brown, then remove from the heat and add a small amount of honey, Parmesan cheese and finely grated lime zest
  • Steam the oxtail stuffed pancakes for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the monkfish from the vacuum bag and cling film and sear in a hot pan for 1 minute on all sides until the pancetta is coloured. Season, then allow to rest for a few minutes before carving into equal sized medallions
  • To serve, spoon a generous helping of sauce onto each plate and place the steamed pancakes into the centre. Swirl the parsnip purée around the pancake, top the pancake with a piece of monkfish and arrange pieces of parsnip in a circle across the purée. Sprinkle over a pinch of smoked bacon powder and serve

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