Ballotine of Pearl Barley, Green Lentils, Sweet Potato and Savoy Cabbage

Ballotine of pearl barley, green lentils, sweet potato, and savoy cabbage with celeriac puree, spicy curry oil and sweet potato mille-feuille (serves 2)

  • 4 large Savoy cabbage leaves
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, 4 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 smashed clove of garlic skin left on
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 100g sweet potato
  • 80g pearl barley
  • 80g green lentils
  • 1 medium shallot finely diced
  • 2 diced cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tsp. parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 sheets filo pastry 12cm x 10cm
  • 1 whole egg beaten to egg wash
  • 120g celeriac peeled and cut into dice
  • 30ml water
  • 30ml full fat milk
  • 1 diced shallot
  • three sprigs thyme
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • pinch of salt

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First prepare the oil by placing in a warm pan and adding the diced shallots which should gently sizzle, followed by the curry leaves, turmeric, garlic and lemon zest. Cook for approx. three minutes on a very light heat. After 3 minutes pass through a sieve to remove the other ingredients; set aside.

Prepare the Savoy cabbage leaves by removing the thick stem, laying them flat on a work surface and with a pin, rolling over the thick vein’s gently until they have been broken down. Blanch in boiling water for 20 seconds, and then transfer to ice cold water; set aside.

Peel the sweet potato, cover in rapeseed oil, season with salt and pepper, add a little chopped thyme and roast in a pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes at 180oC. When cool, roughly pulse with a stick blender/food processor; set aside

In separate operations wash the lentils and pearl barley in cold water. In separate pans fry off 1/2 a shallot, 1 diced clove of garlic, and 1 bay leaf, adding the pearl parley to one pan and the lentils to the other. Cover both with water and simmer both for approx. 20 minutes, or until cooked. In both cases pass the hot water through a sieve, then rinse the lentils/pearl parley under cold water, add a tablespoon of chopped parsley to each, a little extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and set a side.

For the mille-feuille lay one sheet of filo onto a work surface, paint with egg wash and repeat with another sheet. Take 1-heaped tsp. of sweet potato from the cooked portion above and arrange in a line down the middle of the filo double-sheet. Lay another filo sheet on top of the filling, paint with egg-wash, and another sheet on top of that; once again egg-wash the top. Repeat the process with the second mille-feuille, Now bake both for 10 minutes at 180oC.

For the celeriac puree, add the shallot to a pan, followed by the thyme, then the celeriac and water. Cook down for about 5 minutes and then add the milk. Cook for a further five minutes or until the cooking juices completely reduce. Add salt , the sugar, and then roughly pulse with a stick blender/food processor.

Lay two large rectangular sheets of cling film 10cm x 20cm (approx.), and on top of these lay the savoy cabbage leaves to form two large rectangles. Add a layer of lentils, then pearl barley, and finally the sweet potato. Season and then taking the cling film closest to you, lift over the ingredients and begin to roll until you’ve formed a sausage. Tighten both ends, so the cling film package resembles a Christmas cracker; repeat the process with tin foil and steam . The best way of steaming if you don’t have a steamer is to lay a roasting rack into a roasting tin, add enough boiling water so the water level is no higher then the underside of the roasting rack. Cover with tin foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180oC for 8 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, unwrap, and slice on the angle.

Lay the mille-feuille on a bed of celeriac puree, add slices of the ballotine which should be cut on the angle and garnish with the curry oil.

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