Recipe: Roast hapuka and leeks with peas and beurre blanc

By Amanda Laird

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Roast hapuku and leeks with peas and beurre blanc. Photo / Babiche Martens
Roast hapuku and leeks with peas and beurre blanc. Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

1 x 1kg fillet of hapuku, bones removed but skin left on
1 Tbs olive oil, plus extra
2 tsp butter, plus extra
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt
1 leek
500g frozen peas
1 cup chicken stock
2 Tbs cream
Boiled gourmet potatoes

Beurre blanc
1 Tbs finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup white wine
100g butter, cubed
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt
White pepper

1 Cut the fish into four fillets.

2 Preheat oven to 200C. Heat a fry pan and add the oil and butter.

3 Add the fish skin down and press for 30 seconds to flatten the skin. Continue cooking for two minutes. Transfer to a roasting dish.

4 Slice the leek into thin rings and arrange around the fish. Season well and drizzle with extra olive oil. Roast for 8 minutes then let rest, covered for a few minutes.

5 Pour the peas into a saucepan, add stock, season and add cream. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Do not overcook - the colour needs to remain vibrant. Mash slightly keeping texture coarse.

6 To make the beurre blanc; simmer the shallots and wine until the wine has nearly disappeared and the shallots are soft. Over a moderate heat whisk the butter in a cube at a time, quickly so you have a creamy, not oily sauce. Season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep in a warm place until ready to use.

7 Serve the peas on the plate topped with the leeks and fish, then spoon over the sauce and serve with simply boiled gourmet potatoes on the side.

- NZ Herald

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