Braised Fillet of Turbot with Jerusalem Artichokes, Baby Leeks and Wild Mushrooms

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Rhubarb and Black Pudding

Rhubarb and Black Pudding

By Paul Heathcote and Matthew Fort

Published 1998

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  • 4 fillets of turbot, each about 150 g / 5 oz, skinned
  • about 125 g / oz Jerusalem artichokes
  • 8 baby leeks
  • 50 g / 2 oz butter
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp white wine or dry vermouth
  • lemon juice
  • 175 g / 6 oz wild mushrooms, picked over and cleaned
  • 1 tsp cream
  • about 115 g / 4 oz spinach
  • 1 garlic clove


  1. Remove any pin bones from the turbot. Set aside.
  2. Peel the Jerusalem artichokes and then cook them whole in boiling salted water, putting the larger ones in first, until they are just tender. Refresh in cold water and drain well.
  3. Rinse the leeks and blanch them briefly in boiling salted water, then refresh in cold water and drain well.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Heat 15 g / ½ oz. of the butter in an ovenproof pan and lightly sweat the shallot in it until softened.
  5. Place the seasoned fish in the pan and add the wine or vermouth and 6 tablespoons of water. Bring to a simmer, then cover and place in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the fish from the pan, sprinkle with a little lemon juice and keep warm.
  6. Sieve the cooking liquid into a frying pan. Add the wild mushrooms and cooked artichokes to the pan. Add the cream and whisk in two-thirds of the remaining butter, in small pieces, then season to taste.
  7. Sweat the spinach in pan with last of the butter, some seasoning and the whole garlic clove for about 1 minute. (When cooking spinach like this it is essential that you season as soon as it goes into the pan, otherwise the leaves tend to form a solid mass and the seasoning does not get evenly distributed). Keep warm.
  8. Warm the leeks through in the sauce and then reheat the fish in the sauce.
  9. To serve: pile some spinach in the centre of each of the plates and put the fish on top. Spoon over the sauce, mushrooms and vegetables.