Celeriac & comté fritters served with a quail's egg and a side salad

Celeriac & comté fritters

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 2 - 4

Give brunch a sophisticated twist with celeriac, comté cheese and crunchy pumpkin seed fritters topped with quail's eggs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving (4)

  • kcal311
  • fat24g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 4 quail's eggs
  • 200g celeriac, peeled and coarsely grated
    Celeriac

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    The unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly, odd-shaped celeriac has a subtle, celery-like…

  • 1 green apple, grated
    Apples

    Apple

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    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 1 tbsp tarragon or chervil, roughly chopped
    Tarragon

    Tarragon

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    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 100g comté cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 eggs, separated
    Eggs

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  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus extra for frying
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

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

  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

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  • bunch of parsley, leaves picked
    Parsley

    Parsley

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    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • ½ red onion
  • white wine vinegar
  • pinch of celery salt

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the quail's eggs in a bowl of warm tap water to get them used to the change in temperature. Then bring about an inch of water to the boil in a saucepan and prepare a bowl with some iced water. Gently lower the quail's eggs into the boiling water and boil for 2 mins, then drop them into the iced water. Leave them in there until chilled. Carefully peel and set aside.

  2. Toss the celeriac, apple, herbs and cheese together with the pumpkin seeds, chilli flakes and season. Combine the egg yolk with the Dijon and stir into the celeriac mixture. Whisk the egg white to stiff peaks and fold into the celeriac fritter mix.

  3. Heat a little rapeseed oil and butter in a non-stick frying pan. Put two dessertspoonfuls of fritter into the hot fat and fry for 1 min or until a caramelised crust has formed. Turn carefully and cook for a further 2 mins. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 5 mins. Remove from the oven and allow to settle on the sheet for a couple of mins. Dress the parsley and red onion with a little of the vinegar and rapeseed oil. Divide between plates and top with the quail's eggs and celery salt. Serve with the parsley salad.

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