Snacks and sides

Seafood platter with chervil butter and a trio of sauces

The quintessential festive crowd-pleaser.
Ben Dearnley
6 - 8
1H 15M
1H 35M

Is there anything more celebratory than a towering seafood platter? With whipped chervil butter and three accompanying sauces of the spicy, zesty and green kind, we have all your bases covered.

We’ve combined hot and cold seafood in this platter but feel free to mix and match the elements depending on your preferences, time constraints and whatever seafood looks good and fresh. The sauces can be made a day ahead.

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Heat 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add 250gm grape tomatoes and fry, tossing occasionally, until scorched and softened (2-3 minutes). Add 2 tbsp ‘nduja and cook, stirring, until lightly browned (1 minute). Add 1 finely grated garlic clove and cook until fragrant (1 minute). Add 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, simmer until reduced by half (30-60 seconds) then remove from heat and crush lightly with a fork. Stir in another 2 tbsp olive oil then season to taste.


In a small food processor, process 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 cup small sorrel leaves (plus extra for serving) and 1 tbsp lemon juice until very smooth (1-2 minutes). Gradually add 250ml (1 cup) grapeseed oil in a thin, steady stream with motor operating then continue to process until smooth. Season to taste. Serve with a few sorrel leaves.


Process 150gm (1 cup) edamame beans (plus extra for serving), podded, thawed in a food processor until finely chopped. Add 2 tbsp shiro (white) miso, 2 tbsp lime juice, 1½ tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 small avocado, chopped and 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and process until smooth then season to taste. Sprinkle with a few edamame to serve. (Cover surface with plastic wrap if making ahead).


Whipped chervil butter


1.Make dipping sauces.
2.To make whipped chervil butter, whisk butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (3 minutes). Add herbs, rind and garlic and season to taste then whisk until combined. Transfer to a small bowl then set aside. (If making ahead of time, refrigerate then return to room temperature before serving).
3.To cook razor clams, heat wine in a large, deep frying pan over high heat. Add clams, cover and cook until clams have opened and flesh is opaque (1-2 minutes). Use tongs to transfer to a tray, reserve cooking liquid and set aside. Top each clam with a spoonful of whipped chervil butter. Drizzle clams with some of the cooking liquid just before serving.
4.Preheat grill to high. Place scallops and scampi on separate baking trays. Drizzle seafood with oil then season. Grill one tray at a time until seafood is just tender (2 minutes). Remove from heat and top with a generous spoonful of whipped chervil butter.
5.Arrange seafood on a large serving platter. Serve with dipping sauces.

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