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Roasted bluenose with braised puylentils and salsa verde

Pip Cobcroft, 43 years old, Auckland

MasterChef New Zealand : Roasted bluenose with braised puylentils and salsa verde

1 carrot, finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
1 shallot, finely diced
1 small fennel bulb, outer leaves removed, finely diced
3 1cm strips lemon rind
1 tbs thyme leaves, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 bayleaf
450mls  Campbells beef stock plus 450mls extra
1 cup French puy lentils
2 tbs balsamic glaze
20g Mainland Butter

Salsa verde
1 bunch coriander leaves, roughly chopped
2 bunches flat leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 small bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbs salted capers, soaked and drained
4 anchovy fillets
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced, zest of 1/2
extra virgin olive oil

200g bluenose, filleted, skin on
2 tbs clarified butter
1 garlic clove, sliced
chilli oil, to serve

1 Pre-heat the oven to 220 C.

2 For the lentils; Heat an oiled saucepan over a medium heat, gently sauté the carrots, celery, shallot and fennel until soft, without colouring. Add the lemon rind, thyme, garlic, bayleaf and Campbells Stock and bring to a simmer. Add the lentils and simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Add more stock when needed to prevent lentils drying out, should be of a soupy consistency. Just before serving, stir through balsamic glaze and Mainland Butter and season with salt and pepper.

3 For the salsa verde; place the herbs, garlic, capers, anchovies, mustard, lemon juice and zest into a food processor and process until finely chopped, with the motor still running, add the extra virgin olive oil in a stream, to create a sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

4 For the fish; cut the fish fillet into 10cm pieces, score the fillet skin side with 4-5 cuts, just through the skin, season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat an oven proof frying pan over a medium heat, add the clarified butter and garlic, cook a minute, add the fish, skin side down and sear for 1 minute. Spoon some of the butter over the fillet then carefully turn over and cook a further minute. Place the pan in the oven and continue to bake fish for 5 minutes.

5 To serve, spoon the lentils onto the bottom of a warm serving plate, top with the fish and spoon over the salsa verde and drizzle with a little chilli oil.