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Smoked eel, pickled beetroot and horseradish


You'll need

2 beetroot, thinly sliced on a mandolin 100 ml olive oil 35 ml white wine vinegar 20 gm mild honey 1 tsp caster sugar 6 thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve 200 ml pouring cream 50 gm horseradish, finely grated on a Microplane 1 tbsp cider vinegar 6 pieces smoked eel (about 50gm each) To serve: crusty bread (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Place beetroot in a non-reactive container and set aside. Stir oil, vinegar, honey and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat to dissolve sugar (3-5 minutes), cool slightly, pour over beetroot, add thyme, cover and refrigerate for flavours to develop (6 hours-overnight).
  • 02
  • Whisk cream to soft peaks in a bowl, fold in horseradish and cider vinegar, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Drain beetroot (reserve brine), arrange on plates, top with eel and spoonfuls of horseradish cream, drizzle with a little reserved marinade, scatter with extra thyme, season to taste and serve with crusty bread.
This recipe is from the June 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“My fiancé and I recently visited London’s Terroirs. Would chef Pascal Wiedemann be happy to share the recipe for his smoked eel and beetroot dish?”
Emma O’Neill, Lincoln, England

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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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