Jamie Oliver, introduces this recipe by saying
“The richness of the black pudding works really well with the clean taste of the scallops. And, if you haven’t eaten the roe (the orange bit on the scallop) before, give it a go. Just carefully trim them off the scallops then fry them for some added tastiness!”
- 1 good quality Ciabatta loaf
- Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper
- Good quality Olive Oil
- 2 large handfuls Watercress, washed and spun dry
- 2 large handfuls Lamb's Lettuce, washed and spun dry
- ½ Radicchio
- 2 sticks of Celery
- 200g Black Pudding
- 12 Scallops with Roes, removed from their shells and cleaned
- 1 Lemon, juice and zest
- 1 punnet Salad Cress
- Preheat your oven to 180ºC / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Tear the ciabatta into rough pieces and place in a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes until you’ve got crispy, golden croutons.
- Put all the salad leaves in a big bowl. Finely slice the celery at an angle and add it to the bowl of salad with the celery leaves.
- Heat a frying pan on a medium heat. Split the black pudding lengthways and crumble into the frying pan and fry until crispy, it should only take a minute or two. Once ready, remove to a plate and keep warm.
- Carefully slice the scallops in half so you have 2 rounds from each scallop and score them on one side with a little criss-cross. Season with a little salt and pepper and a sprinkling of lemon zest. Sear for a minute in a frying pan, scored-side down, with a touch of olive oil, and don’t be tempted to touch them! Add the roe to the pan now, too. After a minute, check the underside, and continue to fry until lovely and caramelised. Turn them over and allow the other side to do the same. Be careful not to overcook them though, a minute or so on each side is all they need.
Arrange the salad leaves on a large platter, then nestle the scallops in among them. Sprinkle over the crispy black pudding and the croutons. Snip the salad cress over the top, and finish with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
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