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Serves 2

Grilled mackerel with curried mussel broth and cumin parsnip crisps

This is a very popular dish at The PIpe and Glass. You can serve this as a starter or main dish, just use two fillets of mackerel for a main course portion.


* 4 mackerel fillets
* 2kg of fresh mussels (de bearded)
* 2 carrots peeled
* 1/2 celeriac peeled
* 2 large potatoes peeled
* 400ml white wine
* 2 shallots finely sliced
* 200ml double cream
* 1 tbls mild curry powder
* 2 parsnips
* Oil for deep frying
* Ground cumin
* Fresh coriander
* Coriander cress (optional)
* 1 lime

Preparation method

1. Place a large saucepan on the heat and when red hot add the sliced shallots, fresh
    mussels and white wine, place a tight fitting lid and cook until the mussels start to open.
2. Remove from the heat and strain the cooking juices into another saucepan.
3. Let the mussels cool and then take all the meat out of the shells and reserve.
4. Finely dice the celeriac, carrot and potato and place in mussel cooking juice, return to heat
    and cook the vegetables until al dente, by this time the juices should have reduced by 1/2,
    add the cream and curry powder and bring to the boil.
5. Peel the parsnip into long strips and place the strips a few at a time into a deep fat fryer
    until golden and crispy and then remove onto kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little salt
    and ground cumin, place to one side.
6. Meanwhile brush the mackerel fillets with a little rapeseed oil and season with sea salt
    and freshly ground white pepper, place on a tray skin side up and grill until the skin is
    crispy, remove from the grill and rest for a couple of minutes and the residual heat
    will cook the fillets through.
7. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime.
8. Add the mussel meat back to the creamed curry broth and heat back through, finish
    the sauce with some chopped fresh coriander.
9. Spoon the mussel broth into a bowl and place the mackerel fillet on top and finish
    with the parsnip crisps and coriander cress if using.  

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