Cavolo nero colcannon with crispy fried eggs

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes
  • Serves:4


    800g maris piper or other floury potatoes, peeled and cubed
    30g unsalted butter
    2 tbsp olive oil
    200g pack cavolo nero, stalks discarded and leaves shredded
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    bunch salad onions, thinly sliced
    4 tbsp single cream
    ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
    100g feta, crumbled (optional)
    4 large eggs


    1. Put the potatoes in a large pan of cold water. Add a little salt, bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, then pass through a potato ricer (or use a masher), return to the pan and keep warm.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the butter and 1 tbsp oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and gently cook the cavolo nero for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and salad onion, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, until softened. Tip into the mashed potatoes, along with the cream and nutmeg; season and mix together. Stir in the feta, if using, then divide between plates.

    3. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and, once hot, crack in the eggs and fry over a fairly high heat, until crispy and lacy underneath. Top each mound of colcannon with a fried egg to serve. SF 

    This recipe first appeared in the Harvest section of Waitrose Food, October 2016 issue. Download the Waitose Food app for the full issue

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