Potato and celeriac spider with bacon and egg mayonnaise

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A crispy rosti of potato and celeriac is great to rustle up as part of a midweek supper, but serving with a bacon and egg mayo and getting creative with the presentation, as Galton Blackiston does, means you've got a fun kids meal or spooky Halloween party dish.

First published in 2015





Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4
Peel the potato and celeriac, grate coarsely. Place into a clean tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible
Place the grated mix into a large bowl, add half the melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine
Add the remainder of the butter and olive oil to a medium-sized pan placed over a medium heat
  • 15g of butter, melted
  • 30ml of olive oil
Add the grated mix to the pan and press down firmly with a spatula to form the rosti
Cook until golden brown on the base, shaking the pan a few times to ensure it doesn’t stick. Carefully flip the rosti over and cook until golden brown on the other side
Transfer to the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to the boil and gently lower in the eggs. Cook for 9 minutes on a gentle boil. Then, remove from the pan, allow to cool then peel
Next, place the rashers of bacon under the grill and cook until crispy on both sides. Remove and place on kitchen paper to cool and absorb any excess fat
Chop the eggs and add to a bowl, mixing in the mayonnaise. Break up the bacon into little chunks and mix through. Add salt and pepper and set aside
Once cooked, remove the rosti from the oven but leave in the pan to keep warm
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in the asparagus and beans and cook for 4 minutes, then strain
Place the asparagus and beans in the middle of each plate to make the spider legs
Place the rosti on a chopping board and cut into 4 even wedges. Place each wedge onto each pile of greens to make the spider's body
Add a big dollop of the egg and bacon mayonnaise on top and finish with alfalfa sprouts to make a spider web. Serve immediately
  • 50g of alfalfa sprouts
First published in 2015

There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.

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