Elle & Vire Recipes
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6 people
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Ingredient list
Fennel
1 petit very fresh fennel bulb
250 g Excellence Whipping Cream 35,1% FAT
Strong olive oil
salt
Espelette pepper
Tomatoes
3 ripe, average-sized tomatoes, blanched and peeled
Strong olive oil
5 g fresh thyme leaves, picked and chopped
1 gousse chopped garlic
salt
Espelette pepper
Mullet fillets
3 red mullets (150 g), carefully deboned
1/2 liter clear fish stock
1 pinch saffron threads
1 feuille gelatin, soaked in cold water
Whipped star anise cream
250 g Excellence Whipping Cream 35,1% FAT
1 pinch star anise, crushed
salt
Assembly
110 g edible seaweed (dulse, nori, wakame, samphire, etc.)
Strong olive oil
quelques sprigs of chopped chives
Bread sticks, sacristans
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The recipe,
step by step

  1. 1

    Fennel

    Thinly slice the fennel bulb and fry in the saucepan with a drizzle of olive oil and the cream. Season with salt and Espelette chilli. Chop the cooked fennel with a knife before spreading it out in 6 square bottomless moulds with a side length of 5 cm. Refrigerate.

  2. 2

    Tomatoes

    Cut the tomatoes into quarters, remove the heart, keep only the flesh. In a bowl, lightly season the tomato quarters with the olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt and Espelette chilli. Spread the tomato quarters out on a baking sheet and dry in the oven at 80°C (176°F) for 1h/1h30. Leave to cool, coarsely chop the half-dried tomatoes, layer it on top of the fennel in the mould, return to the refrigerator.

  3. 3

    Mullet fillets

    Add the saffron to the seasoned fish stock, heated to 70°C (158°C), and poach the mullet fillets for about 15 minutes. After checking the cooking, cool the fish between two sheets. Release 10 cl of warm saffron fish stock, dissolve the gelatin in the liquid. Cut the cold mullet fillets in the size of the moulds, place the fish on top of the tomatoes, and cover with the saffron jelly. Set in the refrigerator.

  4. 4

    Whipped star anise cream

    Whip the cream, flavour with the star anise, season.

  5. 5

    Assembly

    Place the pressed mullets in the centre of 6 plates. Spread out the seaweed seasoned with olive oil, the sprigs of chives, a generous spoonful of star anise cream, and bread sticks and sacristans for a crispy garnish.


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Chef's
Tips

Pierre Gagnaire reveals his French Touch

In this recipe, Normandy’s cream serves as a condiment to star anise, bringing generous flavour to each bite.

Did you know ?

Star anise (or badian) is one of the plants most commonly used in herbal medicine, due its digestive virtues in particular. Balanced flavours combined with well-being... It’s only a bite away!

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