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Pan-fried cod fillet with polenta mousse, anchovies, fried capers and candied tomatoes

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Cod fillet

Candied tomatoes

Polenta mousse

Fried capers

  • 12 capers
  • sunflower oil, for frying

To serve

  • 4 anchovies, preferably Cantabrian, drained and cut into three pieces
  • micro herbs, such as dill, parsley and celery cress
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1
Begin by preparing the candied tomatoes. Slice the plum tomatoes in half lengthways and arrange across a tray. Season with the shallot, garlic, herbs, zest, salt and pepper to taste and place in a dehydrator set to 85°C for 1 hour
2
Meanwhile, prepare the polenta mousse. Heat the water in a medium pan until boiling, then add the polenta. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring well until smooth and incorporated
3
Once cooked, whisk through the butter and cream, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into a siphon and charge with two charges, setting aside until ready to serve
4
For the capers, half fill a deep, wide frying pan with the sunflower oil and bring up to 180°C
  • sunflower oil, for frying
5
Meanwhile, rinse the capers under cold running water to wash away any salt or brine. Pat dry, then carefully fry in the oil until golden and crisp. Leave to drain on kitchen paper until ready to serve
6
Place a non-stick pan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil. Fry the cod fillets skin-side down until the skin is crispy and golden, then carefully turn the fillet over and cook for a further two minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to rest while you assemble the other components
7
To serve, siphon generous squirts of polenta mousse into the centre of 4 soup plates. Top with a piece of pan-fried cod and garnish with the fried capers, candied tomatoes, anchovy slices and micro herbs to garnish. Sprinkle over any remaining seasoning from the candied tomato tray and serve immediately
  • 4 anchovies, preferably Cantabrian, drained and cut into three pieces
  • micro herbs, such as dill, parsley and celery cress
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