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Watercress Cream Sauce
Contributed By: Admin
Serves 4

The DVD edition of
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


The delicate green colour of this cream sauce looks wonderful against pink-fleshed fish like salmon or salmon trout.


4 salmon or salmon trout fillets melted butter

2 bunches watercress
25 g / 1 oz / 2 tbsp butter
2 shallots, chopped
25 g / 1 oz / cup plain flour
150 ml / pint/ 2/3 cup hot fish stock
150 ml / 1/4 pint / 2/3 cup dry white wine
5 ml / 1 tsp anchovy essence
150 ml /1/4 pint / 2/3 cup single cream
pinch of cayenne pepper
lemon juice


1. To make the sauce, trim the watercress of any bruised leaves and coarse stalks. Blanch the remaining
leaves in boiling water for 5 minutes.


2.  Drain and refresh the watercress under cold running water to retain its bright colour. In a sieve, press well with the back of a kitchen spoon to remove excess moisture, then chop finely.

3.  Melt the butter and fry the shallots until soft, but not brown. Add the flour and cook for 12 minutes, stirring continuously.

4.  Turn off the heat and gradually blend in the stock, followed by the wine. Return to the heat, bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and simmer gently for 23 minutes.

5.  Strain into a clean pan, then add the watercress, anchovy essence and cream. Warm through over a low heat. Season with salt and cayenne pepper and sharpen with lemon juice according to taste.

6.  Meanwhile, brush the fish with a little melted butter and grill for a few minutes on each side until just cooked through. Pour some sauce over each fillet and serve.


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