150 mlNoilly Prat (dry vermouth)6thyme sprigs½small carrot, cut into julienne¼leek, white part only, cut into julienne30 gmblack truffle, cut into julienne (optional)12sea scallops, roe removed1 tbspjulienned flat-leaf parsleyFish stock500 gmsnapper bones, rinsed and cut into large pieces1 eachonion, carrot and celery stalk, coarsely chopped2thyme sprigs1fresh bay leafHollandaise1egg yolk125 gmclarified butter (see note)1 tsplemon juice, or to taste
For fish stock, combine ingredients and 750ml cold water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer until well flavoured (20-30 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve, transfer 250ml to a clean saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 50ml (6-8 minutes). Freeze remaining stock for another use.
Meanwhile, for hollandaise, whisk yolk and 60ml water in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until mixture holds a ribbon (7-9 minutes). Add warm clarified butter in a thin stream, whisking continuously until sauce is emulsified, whisk in lemon juice and season to taste with salt. Cover closely with a round of baking paper and set aside in a warm place until required.
Combine fish stock, Noilly Prat and thyme in a large, deep-sided frying pan, season to taste and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrot and truffle, return to the boil. Add scallops, return to the boil, remove thyme, add 150ml hollandaise and parsley, season to taste and stir to combine. Divide among shallow bowls and serve hot.
Note You’ll need about 160gm butter to yield 125gm clarified butter.
This recipe is from the July 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.