I have been cooking a lot more lately, so I thought I would give myself a challenge and try a new dish that I hadn’t made before. I found this fabulous seafood brochette recipe from Le Creuset. It looks absolutely divine!
Le Creuset specializes in a great line of quality cookware. What I loved about their site is that I could not only drool over all the cookware I wanted to add to my kitchen, but I could also find fantastic recipes. That is where I got this recipe from.
I am by no means an expert cook, but even I was able to tackle this recipe. The combination of seafood is so delicately accented by the Hollandaise sauce. This was my first experience with the creamy, succulence that is Hollandaise. It was so divine I think I could’ve drank the whole thing.
Even though the sauce was easier than I thought to make, I did wish the language of the recipe was a little bit more beginner cook friendly. There were a couple terms, like “on the hob”, that I had no clue what it meant. Even with the newbie language barrier, I was still impressed with my dish!
If you are looking to adventure outside of your comfort zone, you have to try this recipe. If seafood isn’t your thing, then head over to the recipe section at Le Creuset and find many other fabulous dishes to try! They are neatly organized by cuisine, meal time, and even category. It’s very user friendly.
For those that want to try this recipe, this is what you need to make this delicious dish. It yields about four servings.
White wine hollandaise
½ cup dry white wine ( I chose a nice Pinot Grigio)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon peppercorns
3 egg yolks
1 ½ sticks butter
½ cup fish stock reduced to ¼ cup
Or ¼ cup double strength fish stock from a cube
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper
To make the brochettes
Place the seafood onto a skewer adding one bay leaf per piece
Mix the olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning in a small bowl and brush onto the brochettes. Cover and let marinate in a cool place for 1 hour.
Pour the white wine, bay leaf and peppercorns into a small pan and reduce to about 2 tablespoons. Strain the liquid and set aside. Make sure to clean the pan.
Fill a medium saucepan to about a ¼ full with water, place it on a medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Place on a lid until and set aside until needed.
Heat the butter in the clean small pan until just melted. Set to one side.
To cook the brochettes
Turn the grill up to a medium heat. (You can place them directly on the grill or use a great grill pan too)
When the grill is ready, lightly brush with vegetable oil. Pat away any excess moisture from the brochettes using some paper towels and cook on the grill for 3-4 minutes without turning, once sealed and nicely bar marked, turn and cook the other side.
Place the cooked brochettes in a dish, cover and keep warm while making the hollandaise.
To make the Hollandaise
Whisk together the egg yolks and the white wine mixture in a large bowl.
Place the bowl over the just simmering water and whisk continuously and vigorously until thickened and the foam will make a trail.
Remove the bowl from the heated water and whisk in 2-3 tablespoons of the melted butter, return the bowl to the pan of hot water and whisk for 1 minute. Repeat this until all the butter has been incorporated. To prevent the outer edges cooking too quickly scrape the sides of the bowl as you whisk, this will keep all the sauce at the same temperature and prevent lumps. The end consistency should be like thick mayonnaise.
Add the reduced fish stock a little at a time whilst continually whisking over the water. Season to taste with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Pour into a warmed well insulated sauce jug or warmed individual small dishes and serve immediately with the cooked brochettes.
Trust me, it sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Before trying this dish, make sure to read through all the instructions and have a good understanding of what you are supposed to do. Then enjoy! You can thank me later!
To check out more fabulous recipes from Le Creuset head to their Recipes sections!
I did receive free products to faciliate this review, but all opinions are my own.