80 mlclarified butter10John Dory fillets (90gm each)30 mlolive oil20uncooked peeled prawns, tails intact2calamari, cleaned, cut into thick slices20mussels, scrubbed20clams, soaked in cold water to remove grit2 tbspflat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped To taste:sherry vinegarTo serve:extra-virgin olive oil and hot paprikaBouillabaisse fumet40 gmbutter, coarsely chopped60 ml (¼ cup)olive oil500 gmfish bones, coarsely chopped4onions, thinly sliced1½large fennel, thinly sliced3garlic cloves, coarsely chopped1 tbspfennel seedsLarge pinchsaffron threads140 gmtomato paste1 litrechardonnay2 litres (8 cups)chicken stock1 litre (4 cups)fish stockLarge pinchcayenne pepper, or to taste2 eachfresh bay leaves and thyme sprigsRouille150 mlolive oil1garlic clove, bruisedLarge pinchsaffron threads1small Desiree potato, coarsely chopped2egg yolks1 tspwhite wine vinegar125 mlwarm clarified butterBean purée600 gmdried borlotti beans, soaked in cold water overnight, drained1 tbspolive oil 1 eachonion, carrot, celery stalk and leek, coarsely chopped2garlic cloves, crushed1.5 litres (6 cups)chicken stock60 gmbutter, coarsely chopped2 tbspsherry vinegar
For bouillabaisse fumet, heat butter and oil in a very large saucepan over medium heat, add fish bones, onion, fennel, garlic, fennel seeds and saffron and sauté until vegetables are tender (10-20 minutes). Add tomato paste and stir occasionally until paste darkens (3-5 minutes). Add wine and reduce by one-quarter (10-15 minutes). Add stocks, cayenne pepper and herbs and simmer until infused (1 hour). Strain through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan (discard solids), return to the simmer, reduce over low heat until well-flavoured (20-30 minutes), set aside.
Meanwhile, for rouille, combine oil, garlic and saffron in a jar and set aside to infuse (overnight). Transfer to a small saucepan (discard garlic), gently warm to 40C. Set aside, keep warm. Place potato in a saucepan, cover with cold water, simmer over medium heat until potato is tender (10-15 minutes), drain, press through a ricer, season to taste, keep warm. Meanwhile, whisk yolks, vinegar and a pinch of fine salt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until thick and fluffy (5-7 minutes). Add 40gm potato (discard remainder), whisk to combine, then, whisking continuously, add butter and saffron-infused oil in a thin steady stream until incorporated, season to taste, set aside and keep warm.
For bean purée, place beans in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil over medium heat, simmer for 3 minutes. Strain, set aside. Heat oil in a separate large saucepan over medium heat, add onion, carrot, celery and leek, stir occasionally until starting to caramelise (8-10 minutes). Add garlic, cook until starting to caramelise (4-6 minutes). Add stock and beans, bring to the boil, then simmer until beans are tender (40-45 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve (reserve liquid), discard vegetables, then process half the beans and 100ml liquid in a blender until smooth (add more stock if necessary). Season to taste, add butter and vinegar, process to combine, set aside and keep warm.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 50C. Heat clarified butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, season fish and cook in batches, skin-side down, until golden (1-2 minutes), transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast until just cooked through (8-10 minutes).
Meanwhile, add half prawns to pan, sauté until just cooked through (2-3 minutes), set aside and keep warm, then repeat with remaining prawns. Add calamari to pan and sauté until just cooked through (2-3 minutes), set aside and keep warm.
Warm bouillabaisse fumet and remaining beans in a saucepan over medium heat, add mussels and clams, cook until shellfish open (6-8 minutes), season to taste, then add parsley and vinegar to taste. Divide bean purée between bowls, top each with a piece of fish, then rouille, then divide seafood and bouillabaisse fumet between bowls, drizzle with olive oil, season to taste with hot paprika and serve hot with rouille.
This recipe is from the January 2011 issue of Australian