Poached river char with pearl barley, winter root vegetables, napa riesling-chive veloute

Poached river char with pearl barley, root veggies, napa riesling-chive veloute

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the sauce

15g butter, plus 15g cold butter, cubed
55g diced vegetables, such as fennel, leek, celery and shallots
30ml vermouth
60ml dry white wine
300ml fish stock
325ml double cream
1 bay leaf
1 clove
2 white peppercorns, crushed
60g fresh chives, snipped

For the char

4 (70g) char fillets
1.8L court bouillon

For the barley risotto

15g butter, plus 60g, cubed
2 tbsps shallot brunoise (1cm cubes)
85g pearl barley
60ml chicken stock, warmed
2 tbsps dry white wine

For the winter root vegetables

175g root vegetables, such as carrot, celeriac, leeks and kohlrabi, julienned
2 white peppercorns, crushed
Chicken stock
1) Heat the 15g of the butter in a frying pan set over medium heat. Cook the diced vegetables until softened but not browned, and then deglaze the pan with the vermouth and white wine.

2) Add the fish stock, cream, bay leaf, clove and peppercorns. Cook until it thickens and then pass through a sieve. Return the sauce to the pan and simmer to reduce to the desired consistency.

3) Before serving the sauce, stir in the cold butter and finish with the chives.

Bring the court bouillon to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Put the char fillets in a saute pan, and drain the court bouillon on top of the fish. Slowly let the fish poach without denaturing the fish protein.

Barley risotto:
1) Heat 15g of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the shallots until softened but not browned. Add the barley and deglaze the pan with the wine. Slowly add the chicken stock, a little at a time, stirring frequently.

2) To finish, stir in the remaining cubed butter.

Root vegetables:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the vegetables briefly and then shock in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. To serve, heat the vegetables in a saucepan with a little chicken stock.

Plating of the dish:
Put a spoonful of the barley risotto in the middle of a deep dish. Place the poached char on top and cover with a generous amount of the chive sauce. Decorate with the winter root vegetable julienne.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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