Mate With a Plate: Scott Denning's Seared Ora King Salmon with smoky aubergine

Long Lunch 05/03/2018

Scott Denning from The Grove is Wendyl Nissen's Mate with a Plate today and here is his recipe for Seared Ora King Salmon with smoky aubergine, pickled vegetables, vinaigrette, feta and avocado


Vegetables for pickling:
¼ quarter diced pumpkin, ¼ cup of diced cucumber, ¼ cup of diced white daikon or radish

Pickle mix:
175ml cider vinegar
175ml water
100g caster sugar
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and bring them to a boil , remove from stove and pour over prepared vegetables.
Allow to steep for an hour or more

Lemon vinaigrette:
50ml lemon juice
50ml chardonnay vinegar
100ml extra virgin olive
50ml water

Mix all together in a blender or a jar

Avocado puree:
1x hass avocado
Juice of half a lemon

Blend peeled avocado with lemon and seasoning or crush with back of a fork

2x 180g Ora King Salmon, skinned fillets

Aubergine caviar:
2x black aubergine
3 tbsp golden raisins, soaked in water for 20 mins
½ cup coriander, chopped
Half a diced onion
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Soft feta
Nasturtium leaves


Oil and prick aubergine with holes, season

Place directly on grill whole and keep rotating until scorched and starts to loose is shape.

Remove when soft and carefully slice open on a board, scrape out centre into a large sieve or colander.

Sweat off diced onion in olive oil with pinch of salt and add cayenne.

Add aubergine pulp and cook gently until liquid has evaporated and starts to tighten up.

Drain water off soaking raisins and add to the aubergine.

Finally mix in coriander and correct seasoning with salt and pepper.

Set aside at room temp.

Season and lightly oil the salmon and place on hot grill, cook for 2 mins each side

Spoon the aubergine caviar onto plate

Place salmon in the centre of the plate and avocado puree

Drain off pickled vegetables and mix with vinaigrette

Dress over top of salmon

Garnish with nasturtium leaves , soft feta and aubergine caviar

Listen to the full interview with Scott Denning above. 

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