This is a seriously hearty brunch dish, perfect fuel to set you up for a long walk on a cold day. Of course, it’s just as nice served for dinner. The cheat’s hollandaise is made with double cream and stabilised with cornflour, meaning it’s very hard to get it wrong. If you want to cut down on prep time, you can replace it with a good ready-made hollandaise, which will generally contain the same ingredients.
150g baby spinach
2 x 140g undyed smoked haddock fillets
For the cheat’s hollandaise
2 egg yolks
1 tsp cornflour
100ml double cream, plus a splash
2 tsp white wine vinegar
For the fried potatoes
500g floury potatoes, peeled and chopped into 3cm chunks
knob of butter
1 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus a drizzle
2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
1 tbsp capers, drained
small handful dill, leaves picked
1 lemon, zested, then cut into wedges to serve
Put the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and cook for 7-8 mins until a knife easily pierces them but they still hold their shape. Drain and leave to steam dry. Meanwhile, heat the butter and oil in a frying pan, and when the butter is sizzling, add the shallots. Fry until soft, about 5 mins, then add the potatoes and fry for about 15 mins until crispy on all sides.
While the potatoes are cooking, make the hollandaise. Whisk the yolks and cornflour together until smooth. Add the cream and vinegar, and season well. Pour into a small pan, heat very gently, whisking constantly, until the consistency of custard. If the sauce looks like it’s splitting, curdling, or getting too hot, add a splash more cream and
whisk vigorously – it should become smooth again. Check the seasoning, adding a little more salt or vinegar if it needs it.
Heat the grill to medium-high. Heat a drizzle more oil in another small, ovenproof frying pan. Add the spinach, season and cook until just wilted. Spread the spinach across the pan and place the haddock fillets on top. Spoon over the hollandaise to cover each fillet. Grill for 10 mins until the fish is flaking and the sauce is browning in patches.
Scatter the potatoes with the capers, dill and lemon zest. Serve alongside the fish with lemon wedges for squeezing over.
726 kcals • fat 44g • saturates 20g • carbs 42g • sugars 4g • fibre 5g • protein 38g • salt 1.9g