Smoked cod fishcakes with watercress

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    Delicious patties of potato and smoked cod with watercress, coated in crumbs and gently fried until golden. The peppery flavour of the water cress is a perfect balance to the salty fish. You could use rocket or any bitter green instead of watercress

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    Serves: 4 

    • 750g potatoes, peeled and quartered
    • 500g skinned smoked cod fillets
    • 60g butter, melted
    • 90g watercress, finely chopped
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups (250g) dry breadcrumbs
    • 3 tablespoons (60ml) vegetable oil

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft (about 20 mins), drain well and mash. Leave to cool.
    2. Steam the smoked fish for 8-10 minutes. Cool and flake.
    3. Stir fish flakes into the mashed potatoes.
    4. Add the melted butter and watercress and form into eight cakes on a well-floured board. Chill for 15 minutes.
    5. Dip each cake into the beaten eggs, then the breadcrumbs and fry gently in hot oil for 3 minutes each side.
    6. Serve on a crisp mixed leaf and watercress salad topped with a spoonful of sour cream.

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    very lovely and quick. i used wheat free flour instead of breadcrumbs which worked just as well, and made it wheat free and slightly lighter.  -  12 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Took shortcuts. I didn't steam the smoked haddock, it's already cooked and I didn't want to lose any flavour.  -  04 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    OK. A bit bland. Perhaps needed more seasoning.  -  19 Aug 2017  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)