Hand-dived scallops with celeriac and truffle purée

These hand-dived scallops are much more environmentally friendly than the dredged. The truffle is expensive so use as much or as little as you can afford. Daniel Clifford's recipe is a visual feast that will delight dinner guests.

First published in 2015




Apple jelly

Celeriac and truffle purée

Apple caramel

To plate


  • Muslin cloth
  • Thermometer
  • mandoline
  • Sous vide equipment
  • Blender
  • Squeezy bottle
  • Juicer


Begin by preparing the apple jelly. Juice the apples with the acid and pass through a fine sieve. Place 220ml of juice in a small pan with the vege gel. Lightly season with salt and lemon juice, whisking at all times, then bring to the boil
Pass through a fine sieve into an oiled 15x5cm plastic container. Allow the jelly to set and cool then dice into 1cm cubes. You will need seven cubes per portion
Next make the celeriac and truffle purée. Peel and dice the celeriac, place in a sous vide bag with the milk and lightly season with salt and lemon juice. Seal in a chamber sealer and steam at 100°C for 40 minutes, until the celeriac is very soft
Bring the cream to the boil, then blend the boiled cream and celeriac until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve and season with truffle oil, salt and lemon juice
  • truffle oil
  • 100ml of double cream
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
For the caramel, reduce the Braeburn juice down to 120ml of caramel
Warm the celeriac purée and add the chopped truffle. Transfer to a squeezy bottle
To cook the scallops, add a splash of oil to a hot frying pan. Add the scallops, flat-side down, and colour until golden. Turn over and season with salt. Place in an oven until they reach 42°C in the centre, then deglaze the pan with lemon juice, and season with sea salt. Drain the scallops on kitchen paper
To serve, use a mandoline with teeth to slice the apple and truffle into matchsticks. Place four layers of three apple matchsticks on five of the scallops and top with the truffle matchsticks. Add another scallop to the plate. Place seven jelly cubes on the plate, and add some purée. Add a few dots of the caramel and serve

A broad range of experience in some of the top kitchens in the UK and France along with hefty doses of innovation, dedication and originality have led Daniel Clifford’s style to be widely praised.

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