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This recipe is classed as advanced

Rating 5 / 5 (3 votes)

Prep time:
1 hr 30 min
Cook time:
1 hr
Serves:
4

Inspired by Escoffier, this dish of turbot stuffed with lobster mousse is designed to challenge chefs competing for the Roux Scholarship

Method

1. Prepare the fish for stuffing. Cut down the centre of the turbot from the beginning of the head to the tail on the black-skinned side. Detach both fillets from the bones almost to the beginning of the fins. Cut carefully through the spine at both ends then separate and remove the bones from the underlying flesh.

2. Season the inside of the turbot, then stuff it with sufficient lobster mousse to give a rounded appearance. Lay the fish in a well-buttered deep dish. Add a little fish stock, cover with a lid and place in the oven to gently braise.

3. Prepare the artichoke bottoms in the usual manner and cook them in a blanc. Drain then fill them with asparagus tips.

4. When the fish is almost cooked, lay a line of overlapping sliced scallops along the centre of the fish from head to tail.

5. Once cooked, drain the turbot well. Place it on a suitable dish and dot the scallops with caviar. Arrange the artichokes with the asparagus around the fish and serve accompanied with champagne sauce.

Ingredients

For the turbot

  • 1 turbot, about 1.5kg
  • 4 large scallops
  • 50 g oscietra caviar, preferably King's Royal Belgian

For the fish stock

For the lobster mousse

  • 1 Canadian lobster, about 500g
  • 700 ml double cream
  • 2 eggs
  • cayenne pepper

For the artichoke bottoms

For the champagne sauce

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 4 shallots
  • 375 ml champagne
  • 500 ml double cream

For the duchess potatoes

Tips and suggestions

PLEASE NOTE: This recipe is for advanced chefs only and does not offer the complete method for all sections of the dish. It forms the final stages of the prestigious Roux Scholarship, and is designed to put professional chefs to the test. The recipe here is reproduced, according to the Roux family's instructions, as it is given to the scholarship contestants, who then use their experience and reference books to complete the dish using the ingredients offered to them.

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