Scallops with Black Pudding, Kale and Beetroot

A good friend of mine came round with a huge tray of frozen scallops, bloody massive ones. My colleague on here, Frank, came round with a bag of curly kale. Hmmm could I marry the two together?
Restaurants seem to serve ‘Scallops with Black Pudding’ a lot so here is something I thought up last night.

What you need for two.

6-8 Scallops seasoned with Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Black Pudding 6-8 slices
Kale, a bag of
Beetroot, 1 from a vac pack of cooked Beetroot
Chicken Stock, half a cup
Sugar.
Garlic
Butter

First cook the kale. You need to take the hard middle vein out of each leaf, I fold each one in half and rip the tender bits away. Then put all the kale leaves into a pan of salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Take out the kale with a sieve and run it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Squeeze the kale to get rid of excess water

Cut the black pudding into little cubes and fry on a high heat till slightly crispy, then put aside to use later. You could keep it warm or refry at the last minute.

Next take a large beetroot, slice and put in a pan with some chicken stock. Bring to the boil, take off the heat and puree the lot with your hand blender, adding sugar to taste – you don’t want it too sweet.

Now add a knob of butter to a frying pan and, on a high heat, cook the scallops for 2 minutes on each side. Put aside and keep warm

In the pan add some more butter and a finely chopped clove of garlic and gently fry for a minute or two before adding the kale. Toss everything in the pan till warmed through and coated in garlicy butter

Now put this all together – kale first with the scallops on top then scatter the black pudding bits over it and then finally add some beetroot sauce drizzled over and round the plate.

This was tested by me, Frank and the missus. It went down a treat, Frank remarked on how well the Beetroot and Kale went together. It is not a main meal but is a good starter or light snack.

I now have some scallops, clams and some salmon stock in my fridge freezer. I will start thinking of putting these together.

See you soon.

Mugsie

-{Have to admit, it was bloody gorgeous! Frank}


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