Soft-boiled egg, bacon & watercress salad

Soft-boiled egg, bacon & watercress salad

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus marinating

Easy

Serves 2
Crispy bacon and a perfectly cooked egg with oozing yellow yolk is a brunch staple - this version teams it with watercress

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal438
  • fat28g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein21g
  • salt3.3g
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Ingredients

  • 2 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • handful chives, snipped (optional)
  • 4 thick rashers streaky smoked dry-cured bacon
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 slices good white crusty bread (ideally sourdough)
  • 2 good handfuls British watercress, thick stems removed
    Watercress

    Watercress

    wort-er-cress

    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

Method

  1. Put the eggs in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 mins, then lift into a bowl of iced water and cool completely. Very carefully peel away the shells. Leave the eggs in the iced water until you finish the recipe, or for up to 1 hr ahead.

  2. Mix the shallot with the vinegar and a pinch of salt, then set aside for a few minutes to soften. Whisk in the mustard, oil and chives, if using, to make a dressing.

  3. Heat the grill to low-medium and cook the bacon until crisp right through. Remove the bacon, then brush the bacon juice and fat all over the bread. Grill the bread for about 1 min on each side until crisp, then cut into soldiers and keep warm.

  4. Just before serving, bring the pan of water back to the boil and add the eggs. Boil for 1 min to reheat. Toss the dressing with the watercress and divide between 2 plates. Top with an egg and 2 rashers of bacon, with the toast to the side. The egg yolks will still be runny inside.

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