Warm Salad of Smoked Haddock, Black Pudding and Bacon


• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 8 curry leaves
• 200g (7oz) thick piece smoked haddock, pin-boned and skin on
• 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
• 60ml (2fl oz) plain yoghurt
• Pinch of sugar
• 60ml (2fl oz) crème fraîche
• Sea salt

For the salad:
• 1–2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 salad potatoes, finely diced
• 50g (1¾oz) thick-cut bacon, finely diced
• 75g (2½oz) black pudding
• 50g (1¾oz) mixed salad leaves


Words by:
Matt Tebbutt
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September 2023

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Photograph: Hardie Grant

My kind of salad! Warm salads are the best sort, and this one is bursting with flavours. It could be a breakfast or brunch dish, or even a light supper. If you want to make it more substantial, you could always add a soft-boiled egg, cut into quarters.

Serves 2

• Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof frying pan (skillet) over a high heat.
• When it’s hot, throw in the curry leaves and cook until crisp, 10-20 seconds. As soon as they have stopped spluttering, remove them using a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
• Season the fish with a pinch of sea salt and place it flesh-side down in the same pan, over a medium heat.
• Cook gently for around 5 min, or until you see a golden crust forming on the bottom. Transfer the pan to the oven for 5-6mins to finish cooking. Mix the Dijon mustard, yoghurt, sugar and crème fraîche in a bowl and set aside.
• To make the salad, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the potatoes and bacon and fry for 5 min. Crumble in the black pudding and cook until crisp and the potatoes and bacon are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Toss the salad leaves in a serving bowl. Add the black pudding, potato and bacon mixture and mix well.
• To serve, spoon the crème fraîche and mustard cream onto warmed serving plates, top with the warm salad, flake over the roasted haddock and scatter with the fried curry leaves.

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