Char from Val Passiria with peas and horseradish



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Char and char caviar

  • 240g of char fillet, Norbert uses char from Val Passiria
  • 40g of char caviar
  • grapeseed oil

Parsley oil

  • 500g of parsley
  • 150ml of rapeseed oil

Pea cream

Mint gel

To garnish

To begin, dry the char caviar in a dehydrator for 12 hours
To make parsley oil, clean and blanch the parsley and plunge into ice water. Transfer to a clean cloth and squeeze out any excess liquid
Add the parsley to a blender with 75ml of oil and start blending. Gradually add the rest of the oil until it becomes a purée, then allow to stand in the fridge for 24 hours
  • 150ml of rapeseed oil
The next day, pass through a fine sieve and transfer to a squeezy bottle. Use within 1 or 2 days of making for the most vibrant colour
To make the pea cream, separate the peas from the pods and set the pods aside for later. Blanch the peas in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, then refresh in iced water
Sauté the shallots in the butter until soft but without colour, then add the peas and cook briefly. Blend in a food processor with the mint at high speed, then blitz in the water and the grapeseed oil to make a nice smooth cream. Season with salt, pass through a fine sieve and transfer to a squeezy bottle
  • 50g of shallots, finely sliced
  • 20g of butter
  • 20ml of grapeseed oil
  • 10g of fresh mint
  • salt, to taste
  • 100ml of water
To make the pea stock, place the reserved pea pods in a juicer. Pass the resulting juice through muslin cloth to remove any impurities, then season with a little salt
For the mint gel, bring 300ml water to the boil, add the mint and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the infusion and allow to cool (reserve the cooking liquid)
Once the mint has cooled down, drain and squeeze well to remove any excess water. Mix the mint with the infusion in a food processor at high speed for about 1 minute then pass through muslin cloth
Bring 100ml of the liquid to the boil, add the agar agar and dissolve. Add the rest of the infusion then pour onto a baking tray and allow to cool for about 20 minutes until it sets. Once set, blend with a hand blender to obtain a smooth gel and transfer to a squeezy bottle
To repare the pea garnish, remove the skins from the shelled peas and lightly crush them between your fingers to split the peas. These will add a little crunch to your garnish
Now all of your elements are complete, it's time to cook the fish. Divide the char into 4 portions and pour the grapeseed oil over the fillets in a small but deep baking dish so they are completely covered. Cook in the oven at 60°C for 9 minutes (if your oven won't go that low, confit the char in a saucepan instead, using a cooking thermometer to keep the temperature consistent)
To plate, spoon some of the pea stock into bowls. Sprinkle the dried char eggs on top of the fish and place in the bowls to one side. Pipe on the pea cream and and mint gel and scatter the raw peas over the top. Using a microplane, grate over a little fresh horseradish and finish with the parsley oil, rocket flowers and pea shoot cress
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