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    Ham hock potato cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus standing
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes, plus standing 35 minutes


    500g King Edwards potatoes, cut into chunks
    2x90g packs Cooks' Ingredients
    Pulled Ham Hock
    1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
    25g pack flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
    ½ x 125g pack Cooks' Ingredients Soft White Breadcrumbs
    2–3 tbsp oil
    4 Waitrose Free Range Eggs


    2 large Waitrose Free Range Egg yolks
    1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    120g butter


    1. Place the potatoes in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10–15 minutes until tender. Drain, mash and allow to cool before tipping into a large bowl. Mix the ham hock with the cooled potato, mustard and parsley.

    2. Form the potato mixture into 8 cakes (approximately 100g each) and roll in the breadcrumbs to lightly coat. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

    3. To make the hollandaise: place the large egg yolks in a small food processor or blender and whizz until incorporated. Heat the vinegar and lemon juice in a small pan until just stating to bubble then, in a steady stream, pour this onto the egg yolks with the motor running. Melt the butter in another small pan, skim off the foam and add the melted butter, in a steady slow stream, with the motor running.

    4. Remove the potato cakes from the fridge, heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the cakes for 3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Set aside to keep warm while you poach the eggs.

    5. Bring a large saute pan of water to a boil then lower the heat until the water is barely moving. Crack in the eggs and poach for 4 minutes.

    6. The hollandaise should now be thickened and glossy. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and pulse once more. Scrape into a bowl and keep warm. Place 2 potato cakes on each plate, top with a poached egg, spoon over the hollandaise and serve with freshly ground black pepper.

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