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Scallops with Asparagus Tips and Vanilla Hollandaise
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Scallops with Asparagus Tips and Vanilla Hollandaise

Scallops with Asparagus Tips and Vanilla Hollandaise

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes


2 cubes of butter
2 tbsp olive oil
100g pancetta, cubed
½ small fennel, very thinly sliced
16 asparagus tips
12 scallops

For the Hollandaise

2tbsp white wine vinegar
3tbsp water
1 bay leaf
8 peppercorns
3 free range egg yolks
1 tsp Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
160g unsalted butter, cubed (must be at room temperature)


For the hollandaise, put the white wine vinegar, 2 tbsp water, bay leaf and peppercorns into a pan and simmer gently until reduced to about 1 tbsp. Strain and add 1 tbsp water to it. Transfer to a glass bowl.

Whisk in the free range egg yolks and Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.

Add 10g unsalted butter, whisking until melted and the mixture has thickened slightly. Gradually add the remaining 150g butter a cube at a time, whisking after each addition until all incorporated.

Cook for a further 1- 2 minutes, until smooth and thickened (be careful not to overheat) and add seasoning to taste.

Remove from the heat and keep warm while you cook the scallops.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 cube of butter in a large heavy-based frying pan, add the pancetta and fry over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until it begins to release some fat.

When golden and crisp, remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.

Drain off the fat, and add ½ tbsp olive oil, the asparagus tips and fennel to the pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes stirring occasionally.

In a separate frying pan, heat ½ tbsp olive oil with a small knob of butter, when hot add the scallops and sear for 30 seconds/1 minute on each side depending on their size. Return the pancetta to the pan with the veg.

Divide this between 4 starter plates and serve with scallops on top with the vanilla hollandaise drizzled over.

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