Baked scallops, pickled crown prince squash and winter broth
New Year’s Eve dinner for two? Treat yourselves to this earthy, decadent starter.
For the baked scallops
For the pickled crown prince
- 200g/7oz crown prince squash, peeled and deseeded, half julienned, and half cut into star shapes
- 50ml/2fl oz elderflower vinegar
For the winter broth
- 15g/½oz roasted and dried yeast
- 10g/1/3oz smoked scallop roe (plus more for grating)
- 1 tsp dried kelp
- 1 tsp dried trompete
- ½ tsp roasted chicory root
- 1 tbsp dried tomatoes
- ½ tsp dried lemon verbena
- 1 tsp dried chive flowers
- 2 tsp dried ceps
- 250ml/9fl oz boiling water
- 30g/1oz fermented green strawberries
To make the scallops, preheat the oven to 230C/210C Fan/Gas 8.
Place the scallops in the shell placed in a roasting tin and season with salt. Dot over the butter and pour on the apple juice and roast for 5 minutes.
Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat and brown the scallops quickly on one side. Set aside to rest and keep warm.
To make the pickled crown prince squash, place the julienned and star shaped squash in a bowl and pour over the elderflower vinegar. Mix well to combine.
To make the winter broth, place everything apart from the water and strawberries in a heatproof jug. Add the boiling water and muddle together with a spoon. Leave to infuse until ready to serve.
To serve, place the strawberries in the bottom of each bowl, add the julienned squash. Carve each scallop and place on top, then decorate with a squash star, pour over the broth and finely grate over some smoked roe.