Potato rosti with creamed spinach and poached egg

An obvious alternative to meat and fish is vegetarian so this week I'll be showing you a recipe that will make you forget about meat and fish for one evening - the ingredients work so well together in this dish. If you really feel you can't go without meat, just add a couple of slices of crispy streaky bacon.

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes (66p)
  • 450g of fresh spinach (£1.70)
  • 35g of fresh parsley (68p)
  • 150ml of single cream (40p)
  • 6 organic medium free range eggs (£1.82)
  • 250g of Wensleydale cheese (£1.58)

The cupboard staples...

Salt, black pepper, olive oil, 1 garlic clove (from last week) butter and nutmeg.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to mysupermarket.co.uk, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco, where it came to £6.84 - that's £1.36 per head!

Instructions

  • The best thing to do is to make the rosti first as it can keep warm whilst the spinach and eggs are cooking and then taken out when the dish is ready to assemble. Grate the potatoes and wrap in a clean, dry tea towel to squeeze them dry - you need to get as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible. Then get a medium frying pan, splash in a little olive oil and add the grated potato so it makes one large cake - fry for around 5 minutes on a medium heat until the potato softens (season with salt and black pepper). Then turn over, add a little butter around the sides of the rosti and cook for a further 3 minutes. Cover with foil and place in the oven on a low heat to keep warm.
  • Now for the spinach and eggs. Finely slice one garlic clove and fry off in a saucepan with a little butter for 1 minute, add the spinach and wilt down for a further 30 seconds. Then add a grate of nutmeg (quarter of a teaspoon), salt, pepper and around 100ml of cream. Heat through and add a good handful of chopped parsley. Cover to keep warm.
  • The poaching egg debate is fiercely contested in some quarters, so soft poach the egg your favoured way. My preferred way is to get a deep frying pan full of water (so when you add the eggs the yolks just break the surface) and up to the simmer. Add a dash of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Now add the eggs and simmer for 3-4 minutes all the time spooning the water over the top of the yolks. This will get you the perfect soft poached egg.
  • Now to serve. Cut the rosti into 5 pieces; place a piece of rosti on the plate. Top with the spinach mixture then the poached egg and sprinkle over some grated cheese and a twist of black pepper.
  • Happy eating!

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