Sea bass with shallots, artichokes, chive crème fraîche and watercress froth

A whole host of delicious elements combine to make a stunning dinner party dish from Tony Tobin
By Tony Tobin
Sea bass with shallots, artichokes, chive crème fraîche and watercress froth
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sea bass

For the creamed shallots:

  • 40 g butter
  • 2 banana shallots, sliced
  • pinch of thyme
  • 100 ml double cream
  • salt, and freshly ground black pepper

For the roasted artichokes:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g tinned artichoke hearts, drained and halved

For the chive crème fraîche:

  • small bunch of chives, chopped
  • small tub of crème fraîche
  • zest of 1 lemons
  • pinch of sugar

For the watercress froth:

  • 200 ml milk
  • 2 bunches of watercress

Method

1. For the creamed shallots, melt 20g of the butter in a frying pan over a moderate heat and fry the shallots and thyme together until soft. Add the cream and remaining butter and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the artichokes until crisp and golden.

3. For the chive crème fraîche, mix together the chives, crème fraîche, lemon zest and sugar and season with salt and pepper.

4. To make the watercress froth, bring the milk to the boil, then pour into a liquidizer with the watercress and blitz briefly until frothy and then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5. Make 3 incisions in the skin of the fish. Pour the olive oil into a frying pan and fry the fish, skin side down, until crisp. Turn the heat off; flip the fish and leave to stand for 30 seconds.

6.To serve, spoon the creamed shallots into the centre of the plate. Place some fried artichokes on top then lean the sea bass up onto the artichokes. Spoon some crème fraîche on top, drizzle the frothy watercress around the edge and serve immediately.

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