Langoustine with Peas and Mandarin- a recipe from The Great Italian Chefs2015-11-28
- Servings : 4
- Prep Time : 15m
- Cook Time : 20m
- Ready In : 35m
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I was really impressed with the website and tried out a really pretty looking dish- Langoustines with Peas and Mandarin. It was the first time that I cooked langoustines from scratch- right from peeling them and I must say it was quite an experience.
I was very curious about how the mandarin would work in this recipe- had initially thought of it as adding to the aesthetics than anything else. But what a revelation it was! To my surprise and delight they turned out to be the highlight of the dish shining through the otherwise bland pea puree and melt in the mouth buttery langoustines. The key to this recipe is in not over cooking the langoustines. They have to be cooked in boiling salted water for exactly one minute. Nothing more.
I urge you to try this recipe.
Make it and your chef skills will be appreciated far and wide!
- Langoustines- peeled and deveined
- Mandarin juice- 500 gm
- Peas- 300 gm
- Unsalted butter- 30 gm
- Chicken stock- 100ml
- Salt- to taste
- Pepper- to taste
Blanch peas in boiling water.
Then add 200 gm peas with some of the water to a blender Add in 200 gm butter and a pinch of salt. Blend to a puree and pass through a sieve to get it really smooth.
Now this is the fiddly task. The remaining 100 gm peas need to be cut in halve- to decorate you plate. Halve them and keep aside.
In a small saucepan, reduce the mandarin juice till you get the consistency of a glaze. That means a lot of stirring and watching. This would take 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, reduce the chicken stock to a sauce consistency and stir in the peas and 1/2 tbsp of the pea puree.
Now for the main star of the show- the langoustines. they need the minimum. Drop them into a large saucepan full of boiling salted water and blanch for just one minute. Drain and ten season with salt and pepper.
To serve, brush the mandarin glaze onto a plate. Make an orange circle with it. To one side of this circle, spoon the pea puree in a small mound.
Place the langoustine on top and dot the plate withthe halved peas. Garnish with pea shoots and serve straight away.