Real wasabi grown in England + salmon with mussel & wasabi sauce

This, I will freely admit, is not a recipe of my own but an adaptation of a fantastic one by Bryn Williams which he put together for The Great British Menu. I have very simply substituted the horseradish for wasabi and added the watercress pea shoots. The reason for the second substitution to watercress was because The Wasabi Company, from whom we bought our main ingredient, are also Europe’s largest grower of watercress.

For more information about The Wasabi Company and our first thoughts about fresh UK grown wasabi click here>>>

On to the recipe -I must say that our photo does not make this look all that great (or maybe it is our plating) but do not be put off. It does taste great!

For the sauce
500g/1lb 2oz fresh mussels in their shells
2 shallots, finely sliced
olive oil
250ml/9fl oz white wine
250ml/9fl oz single cream
squeeze lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
5cm/2in piece fresh wasabi root

For the potatoes
200g/8oz Charlotte potatoes
bunch chives, chopped
For the salmon
4 pieces of wild salmon fillet, each 120g/4½oz, skin on
100g/4oz freshly shelled peas
50g/2oz watercress (or pea shoots as in the original recipe)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
sqeeze lemon juice
drizzle rapeseed oil
Preparation method

1. To make the sauce, prepare the mussels by washing them undercold water and removing the ‘beards’. Drain. Discard any that do not close when lightly tapped. In a heavy-bottomed pan, cook the shallots in a little olive oil until translucent. Add the mussels and pour on the wine. Place a lid on the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the mussels have opened. (Discard any that do not open.) Drain the mussels in a colander set over a bowl. Pour the liquid from the bowl into a small pan and set aside. Pick the mussels out of their shells and keep to one side, discard the shells.

2. For the potatoes, cook the whole potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain and leave to cool. When cool, peel off the skins and put the potatoes back into the saucepan. Crush the potatoes with a fork. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and add the chopped chives. Keep warm.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

4. For the salmon, season the salmon with salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat a non-stick, ovenproof frying pan, then add a splash of olive oil and cook the salmon skin-side down for two minutes, without turning. Place the pan in the oven to cook for 3-4 minutes.

5. To make the sauce, bring the reserved mussel liquid to the boil. Add the cream and simmer for 5-6 minutes until reduced slightly. It should not be too thick, but more soupy. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the peas and cook for one minute, then add the mussels just to warm through.Remove from the heat. Grate in the fresh wasabi.

6. Season the watercress with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a drizzle of rapeseed oil.

7. For each serving, place a chefs’ ring, about 4cm/1½in diameter, in the middle of a shallow bowl. Spoon the crushed potatoes into the ring, lightly packing them. Remove the ring. Scatter the mussels and peas around the potato and place a salmon fillet, skin-side up, on top. Scatter the watercress on top of the mussels and peas, then finish with a light drizzle of the warm wasabi cream sauce all around.

Thanks to Bryn Williams From Great British Menu for the inspiration for this rather tasty meal.

– Emily

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