Ham, pea & polenta cakes

Ham, pea & polenta cakes

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 3
The gluten-free golden yellow cornmeal creates a crispy coating to cover a ham, pea, potato and mint filling- perfect with salad for lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal540
  • fat24g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre6g
  • protein27g
  • salt1.9g
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Ingredients

  • 140g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 140g floury potato (such as King Edward), peeled and chopped
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 100g frozen pea, defrosted
  • 100g shredded ham hock
  • small handful mint leaves, chopped
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 3 spring onion, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 6 tbsp fine polenta or 4 tbsp gluten-free plain flour
    Polenta

    Polenta

    poh-len-tah

    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • pinch of cayenne pepper, plus a pinch to serve
  • 3 egg and 1 egg white
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • crème fraîche and dressed rocket leaves, to serve

Method

  1. Put the sweet and white potatoes into a pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 mins or until really tender. Drain well and mash, check the seasoning, then set aside to cool.

  2. Tip the mash into a large bowl along with the peas, ham hock, mint, zest, spring onions, 3 tbsp polenta (or 2 tbsp flour), the cayenne pepper and some seasoning. Whisk the egg white and add it, too. Mix well.

  3. Form the mixture into 6 cakes. Tip the remaining 3 tbsp polenta onto a plate and roll the cakes in it to coat. The mix will be quite wet at this stage, but the extra polenta will help to keep them together during cooking. Cover and chill for 15 min.

  4. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the cakes and fry for 3-4 mins each side or until golden and warmed through. Meanwhile, poach the remaining 3 eggs in a pan of barely simmering water for about 3 mins until the yolk is soft and the white is set.

  5. Put the cakes on plates with a spoonful of crème fraîche, top with the poached eggs and a little cayenne. Serve with dressed rocket.

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Comments (6)

lsujen's picture
3.75

Really tasty, and could be done with lots of different fillings. My only issue was that it was a lot of work for not many cakes, I would make at least double next time.

lalybaba's picture

Had these for lunch today. Was using up leftovers so used a mix of smoked sausage and ham. It was really tasty and polenta gave a lovely crunch.

louisehowe's picture

Ive just eaten these and they were great

suske3947's picture

Brown shrimps maybe nice to instead of the ham.

janepoyser's picture

Like the sound of this - can anyone think of an alternative to ham?

ceedoubleu's picture

I'm thinking of trying smoked haddock or mackerel

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