Robert Thompson's red mullet recipe is not what it first seems. Normally associated with pasta, the tagliatelle the mullet fillets and scallops rest on is actually made from ribbons of courgette.  Make the pesto in advance if you like to really get ahead - the rest of this seafood recipe should take no longer than 50 minutes

Method
1.
For the purple basil pesto, place all the pesto ingredients into a food processer and blend until a coarse texture is achieved. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a small bowl and set aside
2.
For the fish velouté, sweat the shallot in a little oil and butter until soft. Add the white wine as well as a splash of Noilly Prat, bring to the boil and then reduce. Add the fish stock and reduce by half before adding the cream
3.
Bring back to the boil and reduce until thickened slightly. Squeeze the garlic pulp out of the skin and add to the velouté to taste. Blend until smooth, season and then pass through a fine sieve
4.
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas mark 4. Slice each courgette in half, remove the seeds and then slice into long thin ribbons. Blanch very quickly, drain well and toss in a little butter, seasoning well
5.
Season the mullet fillets and pan fry in a little olive oil, skin side down. Once the skin has started to crisp, transfer to the oven and cook for 2-3 minutes depending on size of fillet. Finish with a little butter, basting well
6.
Season the scallops and sauté in a hot pan, finish with butter and a little lemon juice
7.
Place the courgette tagliatelle in the centre of two warmed bowls. Top the courgette with the mullet fillet and seared scallop. Spoon the velouté in the bowls along with a small amount of purple basil pesto, serve immediately
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Ingredients

Red mullet and tagliatelle

Fish velouté

  • 1 bulb of garlic, slow roasted
  • 1 banana shallot, finely sliced
  • 384ml of Fish stock
  • 250ml of double cream
  • 1 dash of Noilly Prat
  • 140ml of white wine
  • olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter

Purple basil pesto

Equipment

  1. Food processor or blender
  2. Fine sieve

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In this red mullet recipe, the fish is paired with seared scallops atop flavourful courgette 'tagliatelle'. This mullet recipe is simple, and the results are impressive.

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