Arnold Bennett omelette
- 100g/3½oz undyed smoked haddock fillet, skin on, pin boned
- 100ml/3½fl oz milk
- knob of butter
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 8-10 black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp crème fraîche
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 55g/2oz parmesan, finely grated
- small bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
- knob unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- small handful fresh watercress
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Place the haddock fillet into an ovenproof dish, pour over the milk and add the butter, bay leaves and peppercorns.
Transfer to the oven and poach for 10-12 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, mix the crème fraîche with the lemon zest, grated parmesan and most of the chives. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat the butter with half of the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat, and pour in the eggs, stirring slightly as they cook to loosen them from the sides of the pan.
Flake the haddock from the skin while the eggs are cooking, taking care to remove any remaining bones.
When the eggs are still slightly runny on top but have started to set, spread over the crème fraîche mixture, then scatter over the haddock and transfer the omelette to the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly risen. Remove from the oven.
To serve, drizzle the remaining oil over the watercress in a small bowl and add the lemon juice, turning to coat the leaves. Slide the omelette onto a serving plate, sprinkle over the remaing chives and arrange the dressed watercress on the side.
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