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Deep fried egg with pea, bacon & chicory salad

Deep fried egg with pea, bacon & chicory salad

Judged to be one of the best egg recipes in Lion Eggs' Eggs Factor competition by celebrity chef Paul Merrett, this is Sergio Neale's deep fried egg dish

Preparation: 10 mins
Cook: 9 mins
Serves: 2

What you need:

  • 3 large Lion Quality eggs
  • a little seasoned flour
  • 175g/6oz dried white bread crumbs
  • oil for deep frying
  • For the salad:
  • 100g /4oz cubed pancetta
  • 100g/4oz fresh peas
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 head chicory leaf, shredded
  • a handful of wild rocket leaves

For the dressing:

  • 1 raw Lion Quality egg yolk
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 30ml/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 60ml/4 tbsp olive oil

What you do:

  1. Place two of the eggs in a small pan and cover with cold water. Slowly bring to the boil, then simmer for 6 mins. Drain, cool in cold water, tapping the shells all over to peel away the shell.
  2. While eggs cook, Sauté the pancetta in a dry frying pan for 4mins or until the fat has run and the pancetta is crisp. Blanch the peas in boiling water for 1 min, then drain and cool. Drain, then mix with the shallots, chicory leaves, rocket and pancetta.
  3. Beat the remaining egg and pour into a shallow bowl. Place the flour and breadcrumbs on two separate plates. Roll the boiled eggs in the flour, then the beaten egg and finally the breadcrumbs. Repeat until both the eggs are thoroughly coated. Deep fry for 1-2mins or until the crumbs are golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Finally make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. Divide the salad between two plates. Place the fried eggs in the centre of each then spoon a little dressing around the salad and plate of each. Serve straight away.

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