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Nori/Haddock Chips & Oyster with Beet/Orange/Yuzu Sauce from Katie Button of Cúrate in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Nori/Haddock Chips & Oyster with Beet/Orange/Yuzu Sauce

Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, North Carolina / June 2013

For 8 servings (requires advance preparation)

Alginate solution:

  • 7.5 g Texturas® Algin (sodium alginate) (see note below)

Blend 3 cups water in blender to create a vortex (if using a Vita­mix, set to variable) and, with motor running, gradually add Texturas® Algin; blend until completely smooth with no chunks; place in a bowl; add additional 3 cups water; whisk until well blended; place in a container; cover; reserve in refrigerator.

Beet/orange/yuzu sauce:

  • 3/4 cup beet juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup yuzu juice
  • kosher salt
  • 0.6 g xanthan gum

Blend juices in a blender; season; add xanthan gum; blend until thoroughly combined; place in a container; cover; reserve in refrigerator.

Beet/orange/yuzu pearls:

  • 0.1 g calcium gluconolactate
  • edible silver powder
  1. Place 1/2 cup beet/orange/yuzu sauce in a blender; add calcium gluconolactate and enough silver powder to give liquid a nice shimmer; blend well; place in a syringe; reserve.

  2. Place alginate solution in large bowl or other large container; release drops of juice from syringe into the solution to make pearls (reverse spherification); rinse; place pearls in a container; cover; reserve in refrigerator.

Dashi:

  • 2  4" squares kombu
  • 1 Tbsp. katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
  1. Place kombu and 2 qts. cold water in a saucepan; soak 30 minutes; set over medium heat; cook until instant-read thermometer registers 150°F to 160°F (about 10 minutes); remove kombu; discard.

  2. Bring liquid to a boil; reduce heat to low; add katsuobushi; simmer 10 minutes; remove from heat; strain through fine chinois into a container; cool; cover; reserve.

Nori/dashi powder:

  • 6 oz. nori
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  1. Heat oven to 160°F.

  2. Pulse nori sheets into fine powder in a processor; place in a bowl; add soy sauce and 1/4 cup dashi; stir, adding more dashi as needed, until loose spreadable paste forms; spread thinly and evenly onto baking sheet lined with nonstick baking pad; dry out in oven overnight.

  3. Remove baked paste from oven; break up; place in a processor; blend to fine powder; place in airtight container; cover; reserve.

Chips:

  • 1 lb. skin-on haddock fillets
  • kosher salt
  • canola oil (for frying)
  • 2 sheets rice paper (100 percent rice)
  1. Heat oven to 160°F.

  2. Puree haddock in a processor until smooth; spread on baking sheet lined with nonstick baking pad; cover with plastic wrap; roll out with a rolling pin until very thin; remove plastic; dry out in oven overnight (mixture should be dry and crispy).

  3. Remove fish mixture from oven; break up; place in a processor; process to fine powder; season.

  4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F.

  5. Working one at a time, fry rice paper until puffed and still white (do not let them brown); remove with a spider; place on wire rack lined with paper towels to drain; dust both sides generously with haddock powder and with nori/dashi powder; season; break into rough shapes; reserve (keep warm).

Assembly:

  • 3/4 cup yuzu juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 2 g Texturas® Sucro (sucrose esters) (see note below)
  • 8 raw oyster on half shell
  • 8 oyster leaves
  1. Combine juice, syrup, and Texturas® Sucro in square container; blend with immersion blender until stable air bubbles form; reserve.

  2. To serve, fill a shallow bowl with small pebbles; place haddock/nori chips to one side, standing up so they look like seaweed on ocean floor; place 1 oyster on opposite side; spoon beet/orange/yuzu sauce around oyster; garnish with yuzu air and beet/orange/yuzu pearls; place 1 oyster leaf in remaining corner.

What to drink: Sidracar cocktail: Asturian cider, Grand Marnier, fresh apple “air”
Food Arts Note: Texturas® Algin and Texturas® Sucro, part of a product line by Albert and Ferran Adrià produced in Spain by Solegraells Guzmán, can be ordered from modernistpantry.com.