Fish cakes can be more than a weeknight dinner. Add interest with a hint of nutmeg, anchovies and fresh herbs, make a delicate velouté with Pernod and serve it with a glass or two of the delicious 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc!
500 g Hake
500 g Milk
1 Bay leave
A few gratings of nutmeg
500 g Cooked floury Potato
1 Tbs Anchovies, chopped
1 Lemon, zested
15 g Chopped Parsley
15 g Chopped Dill
15 g Chopped chives
2 Tbs Whole Grain Mustard
Salt and white pepper to taste
Turn your oven on to 180 degrees Celsius. Poke the potatoes with a fork and cook for 45 to 60 min in the oven until the potatoes are very soft.
While the potatoes are roasting, simmer milk, bay leaf and nutmeg in a sauce pan. Add the deboned and skinned hake into the warm milk and allow to simmer for 5 minutes depending on the thickness. Remove from the heat and allow to cool in the milk until it reaches room temperature.
Mash the potato while still hot and fold through the flaked hake. Now add all the other ingredients and taste to make sure its seasoned well.
Line a baking try with parchment paper and get a ring mould to form the cakes. Weigh off 150 g of fish cake mix and mould into perfect rounds using the ring. Place the fish cakes into the freezer to set - for about an hour.
500 g Panko Bread Crumbs
6 Large Eggs
250 g Cake flour
Set up a little station with a small tray of flour, a small tray of beaten eggs and a tray of panko bread crumbs.
Remove the fish cakes from the freezer and dip one at a time into the flour then the egg mix and finally into the breadcrumbs. Place the fish cakes back onto the tray until you are ready to cook them.
1 Small onion, finely sliced
½ Fennel bulb, finely sliced
50 g Butter
50 ml Canola oil
150 ml White wine
100 ml Pernod
500 ml Fish stock
200 ml Cream
Sweat the onion and fennel in a pan with a little oil and butter until soft. Add the white wine and Pernod. Bring to the boil and reduce by half.
Add the fish stock and reduce by half before finally adding the cream. Bring back to the boil and reduce until thickened slightly. Strain and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Medium grain salt
Pick all the herbs from their stalks and refresh in ice water. Mix together in a small mixing bowl and dress with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Serve immediately.
COOK AND ASSEMBLE
Choose whether you would like to deep or shallow fry your fish cakes. (In the restaurant we cook them in butter until golden brown on all sides.)
Preheat your oil or butter and gently fry until the fish cake is golden brown. Place on a kitchen towel to drain of some excess oil and place in a serving bowl. Warm up a little velouté, adjust the seasoning if necessary and finish with some chopped chives.
To serve: Pour the velouté next to the fish cake and place the dressed herb salad on top.
Enjoy with a glass of the refreshing, yet intricate 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc.