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    Smoked haddock, Jersey Royal & asparagus salad

    Traditional British cooking makes excellent use of smoked fish, and haddock pairs beautifully with so many flavours while retaining its own character.

    • Gluten Free

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 30 minutes
    Total time: 40 minutes

    Serves: 4-6 as a starter


    500g Jersey Royal potatoes
    1 tsp salt
    230g asparagus, trimmed and sliced into thirds diagonally 
    250g undyed smoked haddock fillet
    20g unsalted butter
    olive oil, for frying
    2 medium red onions (about 120g), sliced into thin wedges
    77g pack smoked pancetta
    100g watercress

    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    50g crème fraîche
    1 tbsp cider vinegar
    squeeze lemon juice, plus extra for seasoning
    100ml extra virgin olive oil 


    1. Make the dressing by whisking together the mustard, crème fraîche, cider vinegar and lemon juice, then pouring in the olive oil, a little at a time, whisking constantly until it’s amalgamated. Season and set aside.

    2. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Put the Jersey Royals in a pan with the salt, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes until tender, adding the asparagus for the final 2 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain, slice in half and toss in the dressing with the asparagus. Meanwhile, put the smoked haddock on a baking tray, dot with the butter and bake for 10 minutes until the fish is opaque and starts to flake easily. Leave to cool a little, then carefully peel away the skin, taking care to remove any bones, and flake the fish into pieces. 

    3. Pour a drizzle of oil into a small pan and fry the red onions and pancetta with a pinch of salt for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Now bring all your components together. Toss the potato and asparagus with the haddock, pancetta and red onions. Season, adding a squeeze of lemon. Toss through the watercress, then serve immediately on a large platter or individual plates.

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