Potatoes with spiced sugo, curds and fried eggs


First published in 2017
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This is the only recipe my mother has ever asked me for – I’m certain it was purely because she loves tomatoes but I like to think it’s because it’s delicious. It also happens to be no fuss. The potatoes are boiled and fried, the sugo is cooked in the oven and you can often buy cheese curds ready to go from your cheesemonger. We use curds from Montgomery cheddar which we pick up from Neal's Yard Dairy.

This recipe makes a lot of sugo, it will keep and you can use it for sauces, pasta or as the base of a casserole out of 1993.




Merguez-spiced sugo

Potatoes, curds and eggs

To serve

Preheat the oven 200°C/gas mark 6
Place the tomatoes in a large baking tray with the oil, the merguez spice, the onions and garlic. Mix everything together with your hands and bake until the tomatoes burst from their skins and begin to release their juices, for roughly 20 minutes
Remove from the oven and add the seeds and the chilli, mixing once more to incorporate. Return to the oven, bake for a further 20 minutes then remove and add the tinned tomatoes. Return to the oven, covered, for 1 hour
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Season to taste
Place the potatoes in a pan of cold, salted water and bring to a boil. Remove from the water when they can be pierced by a knife or a fork. Set aside to cool
Once cooled, place in a large frying pan with the oil and fry until they begin to crisp up. Evenly sprinkle over the curds and continue to fry
Make some little holes in the potatoes so you can see the pan and crack some eggs in between the curds and the potatoes
Allow the eggs to begin frying over a high heat. As the whites start to form, add dollops of the spiced sugo into the pan randomly to create chaos
Slip the pan into the oven on the grill setting for 3 minutes to set the whites and crisp up the potatoes one final time. Season to taste. Slip onto a plate, sprinkle with onion seeds and serve with a big hunk of sourdough bread
First published in 2017
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