British watercress farmers are launching a national competition to search for the greatest watercress dish of the nation. Think you make a mean watercress and pork sausage, a tantalising watercress and orange scone or perhaps even watercress infused pasta? Whether it’s a starter, main, snack or even a dessert it’s time for the UK to see what they can whip up with this peppery little leaf for a chance to win £2,000. More information is available from www.watercress.co.uk.
Celebrating the best of British food in the early summer this elegant brunch or lunch dish is simple to make. If you prefer, make the cakes up the night before and chill until you’re ready to bake them the next day.
Per portion: 398 calories, 21.9g protein, 30.3g carbohydrate, 21.9g fat, 4.3g saturated fat, 2.8g fibre, 1.11g salt
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
You Will Need:
700g potatoes, peeled and cut into medium chunks
100g watercress, lightly chopped
1 egg, beaten
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g hot smoked trout fillets, broken into flakes
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-15mins or until the are tender. Drain, return to the pan and mash until smooth.
Add the chopped watercress, beaten egg and plenty of seasoning. Mix well then leave until cool enough to handle.Preheat the oven to 200C/ 400oF/Gas Mark 6.
Divide the mixture into four, and shape each into a neat cake shape. Brush on all sides with the oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 mins or until the cakes are golden brown.
When ready to serve, bring a frying pan of salted water to the boil. Reduce the heat so the water is just simmering, then crack the four eggs and gently drop them into the water.
Cook for 3-4 mins or until the eggs are poached to your liking. Lift them from the water with a slotted spoon and drain.
Place a potato cake on each plate, top with watercress, flaked trout and the poached egg.
Serve straight away.