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Garlic butter moreton bay bug tails with garlic + walnut mayo

Katie Quinn2 Comments
Garlic butter moreton bay bug tails with garlic + walnut mayo
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INGREDIENTS /

6 garlic cloves
1Ž/2 cup (50g) walnuts
1 egg yolk
1Ž/2 cup (125ml) sunflower oil
1Ž/2 cup (125ml) light olive oil, plus extra, if needed
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp salted capers, rinsed, finely chopped
2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
Juice of 1 small lemon
Zest + juice of 1 lime
Small handful each flat-leaf parsley + dill, finely chopped, plus extra
flat-leaf parsley for garlic butter
25g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 Moreton Bay bug tails, cooked

METHOD /

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

To make the mayo, place the garlic cloves on a small baking tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes until soft. When cool to touch, squeeze out the garlic pulp, discarding the outer skin.

Meanwhile, scatter the walnuts onto another small baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside and allow to cool.

Add the egg yolk into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend on medium / low and add the sunflower oil, then light olive oil in a very fine stream via the feed shoot in the processor lid. Keep whisking until you have a thin, smooth consistency.

Add wholegrain mustard, salted capers, anchovy fillets, lemon juice, lime zest and juice, parsley, dill and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. If the mayo is too thick, add a little more light olive oil. Add walnuts and roasted pulp from 3 garlic cloves. Blend to combine, then transfer the mayo to a serving bowl.

To make the garlic butter, in a small bowl, add the remaining roasted garlic pulp along with the melted butter, extra parsley and extra virgin olive oil, season with freshly ground black pepper.

Using a sharp knife, cut the bugs down the center horizontally. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan until smoking. Brush the cut side of the bug liberally with garlic butter then sear cut-side down on the barbecue for 2-3 minutes to heat through.

Serve the bugs warm with the garlic & walnut mayo on the side.