Roast scallops with chestnut velouté, maple syrup, apple, pancetta and watercress

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The velouté for this roast scallops recipe can be made in advance and stored in the fridge if you don't have time to complete the dish in one sitting. An elegant starter that makes great use of scallops' versatility.

First published in 2016




Jersey scallops

Chestnut velouté


To plate


  • Hand blender
  • Fine chinoise


To make the velouté, put the butter in a saucepan to melt, and add the sliced onion, garlic and thyme. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent
Add the chopped chestnuts to the pan and cook for 2 minutes on a medium heat. Add the balsamic vinegar, water and milk, and bring to the boil
Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the velouté from the heat and blend until smooth. Season to taste, pass through a sieve and set aside until needed
To prepare the pancetta, heat the oven to 100°C/lowest gas mark your oven will go to
Place a piece of greaseproof paper on a flat baking tray. Lay on the pancetta strips, then cover with another piece of grease proof paper and another flat tray
Cook for 5 minutes or until crisp and brown. Allow to cool
For the scallops, heat a non-stick frying pan. Season the scallops with salt and cook in the olive oil for approximately 30 seconds until golden brown
Turn over and cook the scallops for a further 30 seconds. Add the rest of the butter, allow to foam and then finish the scallops with the lemon juice
While the scallops are resting, heat up the chestnut velouté. Place two scallops in each serving bowl and carefully pour over the velouté
Break over the crisp pancetta and garnish with the apple batons, watercress buds and drizzle with the maple syrup. Serve immediately

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