Leeks with scallops, white pudding and bacon butter – my entry for LoveTheGarden’s leek recipe contest

My brother-in-law is a leek farmer, so whenever he visits he brings us a massive bag of Wales’s finest and I set to work. This recipe combines leeks with some other glorious local produce I picked up on a visit to Bury Market in Lancashire.

Is it good enough to win a Best In Show prize in the fab lovethegarden‘s seasonal contest? Only you can decide – by casting your vote over on their site.

In anticipation, many thanks to one and all.

Let’s start with a confession: I am allergic to fish. It makes my lips blister and throat swell. It’s so bad that I can’t even kiss my missus or I have a reaction, hence she tries to eat it every night. Paradoxically, I’m not allergic to seafood. Go figure! I’m a quirky kind of guy.

Anyway, this recipe brings together some of the best of the ingredients I bought on my visit to the World Famous Bury Market. It’s a 10 minute wonder that relies purely and simply on brilliant ingredients.


Serves 2

1 tbsp olive oil
10 king scallops
10 pinky finger-thick slices of white pudding (or black, if you prefer)
2 leeks, cut into rounds
4 new potatoes, boiled until tender and sliced into rounds
1 healthy (!) knob of butter
2 rashers bacon, back or streaky, sliced into strips

1. Heat two separate frying pans. Gently heat the oil in one and the butter in another.

2. In the first pan, add the leeks, pudding and potato rounds and gently saute for 2-3 mins, until the leeks are tender and the pudding and potatoes are golden brown.

3. In the second pan, heat the butter and fry the bacon until crispy, approx. 4-5 mins

4. Back to the first pan. Add the scallops and cook until translucent, approx. 1 min each side.

5. Serve on warmed plates by stacking cheffy-style with a slice of each ingredient to make 5 stacks: potato on the bottom, then a leek round, then pudding, then top with a scallop. Drizzle over the crispy bacon and gloriously salty butter to finish.


Filed under Fish & Seafood, Pork, Recipe Shed

4 Responses to Leeks with scallops, white pudding and bacon butter – my entry for LoveTheGarden’s leek recipe contest

  1. Oh, you had me at “bacon butter”. This is mouthwatering stuff. If I hadn’t already eaten, I’d be jetting off to Tesco to get the ingredients for this. Great pics too, they really sold it!

  2. Definitely black pudding, mate. A proper Yorkshire one, not the white-pepper-laden stuff we get up here on Shetland. Other than that, you’re on to a winner there. And we get great fresh scallops up here.

    You really must come and visit one of these days!

  3. Bugger, should have known better than to look at your blog at eleven at night, I’m bloody starving now. Looks great by the way.

  4. Rachel

    It’s been a while between posts Keith – hope all is ok.