Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 kg floury potatoes , peeled and cut into even-sized pieces

  2. knob butter

  3. splash milk

  4. 450 g natural dyed smoked haddock fillets , skin removed and reserved

  5. 300 ml cold chicken stock

  6. 1 handful chopped flat-leaf parsley

  7. 1 tbsp plain flour

  8. 1 egg , beaten

  9. handful Japanese panko crumbs

  10. vegetable oil , for shallow frying

  11. 300 ml double cream

  12. 1 leek , cut into fine rings

  13. handful peas , fresh or frozen

  14. 4 eggs

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. For the fish cakes: in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until tender. Drain thoroughly, then return them to the saucepan and mash well with a generous knob of butter and a splash of milk. Keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, put the haddock and stock in a small pan over a medium-high heat. When the stock begins to simmer, lift out the fish (leave the stock in the pan) and let them cool on the side.

  3. For the sauce: put the reserved haddock skins into the poaching liquid and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, flake the haddock into a large mixing bowl, checking for any remaining bones. Add the warm mash, then the parsley and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix together using your hands until just combined.

  5. Shape the mixture into four cakes and coat them in the flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Chill for about an hour to firm them up.

  6. To finish the sauce, strain the stock to remove all the solids, then return the liquid to the saucepan and add the cream. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until you have a rich, creamy sauce. Keep warm.

  7. Shallow fry the fishcakes in about 1cm of vegetable oil for about 5 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning halfway through cooking. Meanwhile, poach the eggs in a large pan of simmering water. Reheat the sauce, add the leek and peas and let them cook in it for 2 minutes.

  8. Briefly drain the poached eggs on kitchen paper then place one on top of each fishcake. Spoon the sauce around the sides and serve immediately.


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