With a buttery texture and a robust smokiness, this ingredient can stand up well to other strong flavours. I've used finely sliced baby leeks here, but you can use shaved red onion or snipped chives for that essential oniony note. For a final zip, I've added sprouted mustard seeds, which are crunchy to the bite. (You can't buy these, but they are easy to make in a sprouting jar, using fresh mustard seeds from your local spice shop.)
If you've bought a whole horseradish, you'll need only a little of it for this dish. It's worth grating the whole root, however, and putting it in a jar with olive oil and salt (here are my instructions for preserving horseradish). Or you can wrap what's left over and put it in the freezer: it keeps remarkably well, and can be grated over food straight from the freezer. If you can't find fresh horseradish, use a little of the creamed variety.
Smoked Tuna with Fresh-Horseradish Cream, Pepper and Herbs
one fresh horseradish root
200 ml thick sour cream
½ tsp (2.5 ml) caster sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
250 g cold-smoked tuna, or similar smoked fish
one baby leek, finely sliced on the diagonal
a handful of baby herb leaves: thyme, sage, dill and parsley
2 T (30 ml) mustard sprouts
2 tsp (10 ml) pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
6 T (90 ml) fruity olive oil
milled black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving
Peel the horseradish root with a potato peeler (if it's a young root, no need to peel). Grate it finely, using a microplane or fine side of a cheesegrater. (Do this under an open window: there are strong fumes.) Put the sour cream and caster sugar in a small bowl and stir in two teaspoons (or more, if you'd like it stronger) of grated horseradish. Season with salt and set aside for fifteen minutes. Stir well.
Slice the tuna into ribbons and arrange on a platter, or on individual plates. Scatter the leeks, herbs, sprouts and pink peppercorns over the fish. Drizzle over the olive oil and dust with black pepper. Serve immediately, with the horseradish cream and some lemon wedges.
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