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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Grilled scallops, rosscarbery black pudding, lemon and thyme dressing

Paul Flynn and Martin Shanahan

Published 12/08/2012 | 06:00

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Grilled scallops, rosscarbery black pudding, lemon and thyme dressing

All that's good about west Cork can be found in this dish. Make sure your scallops haven't been dredged. Serves two.

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For the dressing 1 tbsp English mustard

50g caster sugar

Pinch of sea salt, or to taste

100ml rapeseed oil, plus more to sear the black pudding and scallops

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp thyme, finely chopped, plus a few sprigs to serve (optional)

For the rest 2 parsnips, peeled and finely chopped

Freshly grated nutmeg

2 tbsps runny honey

30g unsalted butter

50ml single cream

1 Rosscarbery black pudding

6 hand-dived king scallops


To make the dressing, place the mustard, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in the 100ml of oil and the lemon juice. Season with salt and sprinkle in the thyme.

Cook parsnips in boiling water until soft, then drain well, mash and add the nutmeg, honey, butter and cream. Keep warm.

Slice the black pudding into six rounds of a similar thickness to the scallops. Heat a frying pan over a high heat, add some oil then, working quickly, sear the pudding and scallops for two minutes on each side.

Place the parsnip mash attractively on two warmed plates, with the black pudding and scallops on top. Drizzle over the dressing, add a sprig of thyme, if you like, and serve.

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