Scallops with confit potatoes and a ginger and thyme velouté recipe

By Angela Hartnett

  1. Serves 4 as a generous starter
  2. Ready in about 1 hour
  3. Rating

You can confit the potatoes the day before, chill, then bring back to room temperature and slice. The velouté can be made up to 2 days ahead, then reheated and whizzed.

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Scallops with confit potatoes and a ginger and thyme velouté


  1. 350g jar goose fat (from larger supermarkets)
  2. Few fresh thyme sprigs
  3. 1 fresh bay leaf
  4. 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled and roughly cut up
  5. 200g good waxy new potatoes
  6. 75g girolle/chanterelle mushrooms (or use baby chestnut), cleaned
  7. 25g butter
  8. 12 fresh prepared scallops (orange coral removed)
  9. 1/2 tsp Madras curry powder

For the ginger and thyme velouté

  1. 15g unsalted butter
  2. 2 shallots, finely chopped
  3. 1 fresh bay leaf
  4. 50g fresh root ginger, chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove, unpeeled and roughly cut up
  6. 150ml dry white wine
  7. Few fresh thyme sprigs
  8. 150ml fresh chicken stock, hot
  9. 142ml carton double cream


  1. Make the potato confit
  2. 1. Melt the goose fat in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add the herbs, garlic and potatoes, season, and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15-18 minutes, until just tender. Cool, then lift the potatoes from the fat and peel with a small, sharp knife. Set aside.
  3. Angela’s tip: buy ratte potatoes if you can find them. Cook the potatoes very slowly. You can re-use the fat – cool until solid, then chill.
  4. Make the velouté
  5. 2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a clean saucepan. Add the shallot and a little salt and cook quickly over a high heat for a few minutes to just soften. Add the bay leaf, ginger, garlic, wine and thyme, and reduce by two-thirds. Add the stock and reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce by half. Strain into a clean pan and keep hot over a very low heat.
  6. Angela’s tips: a velouté is a creamy light-coloured sauce, so don’t colour the shallot when frying. Reduce the wine well to remove the alcohol and concentrate the lovely grape flavour.
  7. Sauté the mushrooms
  8. 3. Using a knife, scrape off the outer layer of each mushroom stalk. Put the butter in a small frying pan over a high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes. Take the pan off the heat and remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon.
  9. Pan-fry the scallops
  10. Cut each scallop in half through the middle, then sprinkle with the curry powder. Reheat the butter in the mushroom pan over a high heat.
  11. 4. Add the scallops – in batches – and cook for 30 seconds. Flip with a palette knife and cook for a further 30 seconds. Set aside on kitchen paper somewhere warm. Repeat with the remaining scallops. Whizz up the velouté using a stick blender, until slightly frothy. Cut the potatoes into medium-thick slices. Put 6 slices in a circle, spaced apart, on each deep serving plate. Rest 1 slice of scallop against each potato slice, then dot with mushrooms. Spoon over the velouté to serve.
  12. Angela’s tips: scallops must be cooked briefly. Lay them out in a circle in the pan, so you know which ones will be ready first.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 532kcals, 35.9g fat (21.6g saturated), 31.8g protein, 16.1g carbs, 2.7g sugar, 1.1g salt

Wine Recommendation

Wine note: white Burgundy is a truly outstanding partner for this dish, with a rich fresh fruit flavour and rounded, creamy, nutty notes.


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November 12

sounds really nice, mayb a bit complex though might give it a go?! xxx

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