Impress your Guests with a Fennel and Langoustine Ragoût with Saffron
Who wouldn’t like to have a neighbour who can whip up a Ragoût of Fennel and Langoustine with Saffron (recipe below) for a dinner party? This savoury “stew” is served on little boxes of puff pastry.
Inspired by Provence, David decided on a pink-theme for their dinner starting with a potted salmon appetizer (watch for the recipe) and this served this impressive seafood main course. The meal was paired with three rosé wines from Mirabeau Wines, in Cotignac. Read his full post and the tempting step-by-step photos here.
Ragoût of Fennel and Langoustines with Saffron
- 1 lb (approx) All-Butter Puff Pastry either homemade or purchased
- 3 tbsp Butter
- 2 large fennel bulbs topped, cored, and diced
- 2 large Shallots peeled and diced
- 3-4 tablespoons Water
- 3/4 cup Seafood Stock
- 3/4 cup White Wine
- 1 tsp Saffron threads
- 3 large Plum tomatoes cored, seeded and diced
- 1 cup Frozen Peas thawed
- 1 pound Langoustine Tails cooked
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Make 6 boxes from the puff pastry (about 4 1/2-inches square). See note below.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until deep golden-brown.
- While the boxes are baking, make the ragoût.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet.
- Add the fennel, shallot, and 3 tablespoons water; cover with a piece of rumpled parchment and cook over low heat, stirring once or twice, until the fennel and onion soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add another tablespoon of water, if needed, to keep it moist, but don't be concerned if it browns a little. That will add to the flavor and color to the ragoût.
- Add the stock, cover again with the parchment, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the wine and saffron, cover once again with the parchment, and let simmer 5 minutes more.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the tomatoes, peas, and langoustine tails and raise the heat to medium-high.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring, until peas are cooked but still brightly colored, and the langoustine tails are warmed through.
- Adjust seasoning and add cream. Bring to a simmer.
- Using a small spatula, take off the tops off the inner part of the box (where you scored the pastry).
- Fill the boxes with ragoût, letting some spill over onto the plate. Replace the box top and serve immediately.