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Dover sole stuffed with crab and spinach

Dover sole stuffed with crab and spinach
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Recipe by

Ken Symons Private Chef

My passion for great Cornish produce has never wavered, championing local artisan producers at every opportunity. I simply love food - cooking, eating and growing. With forty years experience within the restaurant and banquet industry and a wealth of awards behind me, including best westcountry chef and restaurant of the year. 
I now cook privately from 2 to 2000, have knife will travel, from design to execution - in my eyes, consistency is key.

 

Chef

Ken Symons

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Ingredients

500g Dover sole (filleted and skinned)
50g brown crab
50g white crabmeat 
150g baby leaf spinach 
100ml white wine 
250ml fish stock
1kg potatoes (peeled)
Nutmeg 
Banana shallot (finely chopped)
Green vegetables of choice.
Two large tbsp. Salsa verde (see separate recipe)

Method

A light dish combining the ‘king of fish’, Dover sole and succulent Cornish crab, accompanied by a piquant and refreshing herb salsa verde.  Dover sole is highly regarded by chefs as it is a meaty flatfish, delicious and versatile it is a great sustainable option as populations of dover sole are currently healthy in Cornish waters thanks to the EU sole recovery plan which has seen them recover from past overfishing. Cornish pot caught brown crab is also highly sustainable and adds depth of flavor to this delicious recipe.
 
Serves two people 
 
Takes approximately 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
Method 
 
Cook the spinach
In a pan add a knob of butter over a low heat, add the shallot and soften, add the washed spinach, cook till wilted. Season with nutmeg salt and pepper, drain and allow to cool.
 
Stuff the Sole fillets 
Lay the fish fillets on a chopping board skin side facing up.
Thinly spread the brown crab on each fillet, top with the cooked spinach, gently squeezing out any extra liquid, top this with the white crab (please pick through checking for shell), roll each fillet up like a Swiss roll.
 
Potatoes 
Using a melon baller - ball the potatoes 5/6 pieces per person, place in water with a pinch of salt and saffron, bring to the boil and cook till tender, drain add a little butter.
 
 
Ken Symons 2020

Crab, Brown, Edible

Gill Netting

North Coast (VIIf and VIIg)

Crabs caught thorough entanglement in gill nets are lower quality and outside the 6 mile limit there are smaller minimum landing sizes. Some issues with accidental by-catch with this method. Stocks are under more pressure off the North Coast.

Potting

North Coast (VIIf and VIIg)

Potting is a selective and low impact method and within the 6 mile limits Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation authority monitor and strictly regulate the fishery.

Gill Netting

South Coast (area VIIe)

Crabs caught thorough entanglement in gill nets are lower quality and outside the 6 mile limit there are smaller minimum landing sizes. Some issues with accidental by-catch with this method. Stocks are healthier off the South Coast

Potting

South Coast (area VIIe)

Potting is a selective and low impact method and within the 6 mile limits Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation authority monitor and strictly regulate the fishery. Crab Stocks are most healthy off Cornwall's South Coast.

Sand Sole

Beam Trawling

Cornwall

Beam trawls are nets attached to a steel beam that holds the net open. The belly of the net is made of chains and the upper surface of the net is mesh. Beam trawlers pull two nets along the seabed simultaneously.

Demersal Trawl

Cornwall

Demersal trawls are large nets that are pulled through the water with the bottom edge of the net touching the seabed. At each edge the net is pulled open by metal ‘trawl doors’. Sometimes referred to as Otter trawling.

Gill Netting

Cornwall

Gill nets are lightweight nets made of nylon (monofilament) fishing line that are anchored to the seabed and are used to catch fish by entangling the gills.

Sole, Dover sole

Gill Netting

Off Cornwall's south Coast (VII e)

Gill nets are lightweight nets made of nylon (monofilament) fishing line that are anchored to the seabed and are used to catch fish by entangling the gills.

Beam Trawling

Off Cornwall's South Coast (Area VII e)

Beam trawls are nets with a steel beam that holds the net open. The belly of the net is made of chains and the upper surface of the net is mesh. Beam trawlers pull two nets along the seabed simultaneously.

Demersal Trawl

Off Cornwall's North Coast (area VII f)

Demersal trawls are large nets that are pulled through the water with the bottom edge of the net touching the seabed. At each edge the net is pulled open by metal ‘trawl doors’. Sometimes referred to as Otter trawling.

Demersal Trawl

Off Cornwall's South Coast (area VII e)

Demersal trawls are large nets that are pulled through the water with the bottom edge of the net touching the seabed. At each edge the net is pulled open by metal ‘trawl doors’. Sometimes referred to as Otter trawling.

Beam Trawling

Off Cornwall's North Coast (area VII f)

Beam trawls are nets with a steel beam that holds the net open. The belly of the net is made of chains and the upper surface of the net is mesh. Beam trawlers pull two nets along the seabed simultaneously.

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