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Aaron’s Swede Rosti with Poached Eggs & Bacon

Aaron Craze

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins


500g swede, coarsely grated

500g potato, coarsely grated

1 onion, coarsely grated

2 tbsp thyme leaves

50g butter, melted plus extra for frying

Oil or butter for cooking

4 eggs

8 slices streaky bacon

Hollandaise sauce (optional)

Veg Portions / Serving: 2


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1. Heat the oven to 180C. In a bowl combine the swede, potato and onion and squeeze out the excess liquid. Add the thyme and butter, stir well then firmly shape into 8 cakes.

2. In a frying pan heat some butter or oil and fry the rostis, two or three at a time for 3-4 minutes on each side until brown and crisp.

3. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for a further 15 mins. Once cooked blot with some kitchen roll and if necessary, keep warm under some foil.

4. While the rosti are in the oven, fry or grill the bacon till crisp and keep warm, then bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and add a splash of vinegar.

5. With a spoon, swirl the water to create a small whirlpool then crack one of the eggs into the centre. This will bring the egg into a neat shape as it cooks, reduce the heat so the water is no longer bubbling and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Serve 2 rosti topped with an egg and a drizzle of hollandaise.

Kids in the kitchen:

Help the kids to grate the veg and let them squeeze out the excess water and shape the rostis. Show them how to crack the eggs one at a time, using the leftover eggshell to ease out any bits of shell that end up in the egg!

Aaron Craze

Aaron Craze was one of the second group of trainees from Channel 4's Jamie's Kitchen programme. Aaron left school with no formal qualifications and worked in several jobs before applying to become a trainee in Jamie Oliver's London restaurant, Fifteen, graduating from its Chef Training Programme with merit. Since then Aaron has worked at restaurants including London's The Ivy and has appeared in television programmes including Junior Bake-Off.

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