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Warner's Taste Club - Sweetcorn fritters, poached duck egg, bacon and paprika hollandaise recipe
Warner's Taste Club - Sweetcorn fritters, poached duck egg, bacon and paprika hollandaise recipe

Sweetcorn fritters, poached duck egg, bacon and paprika hollandaise

Enjoy a weekend brunch courtesy of Nick Orr, head chef at The Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh…

Chef's Notes

With autumn finally here and the long nights setting in, it’s time to enjoy simple, slow-cooked dishes. It truly is my favourite time of year in the kitchen. This recipe is typical of what we serve at the restaurant and whilst most people won’t have tried cooking pork cheeks before, it’s a very simple process. The cheeks release so much flavour whilst cooking along with the other ingredients to create a rich and indulgent sauce to go with the creamy mash and sweet roasted vegetables. Ask your local butcher about pork cheeks.

The Bridge is a relaxed riverside brasserie in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Avon. Sadly the restaurant will be closing again due to the latest Government lockdown, but will continue to offer a takeaway service. Find out more here: thebridgeatbidford.com

Ingredients for the Fritters

  • 90g flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 500g sweetcorn kernels
  • 6 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 20g chopped coriander
  • 10g diced green chilli
  • Butter for frying

Method for the Fritters

  • Mix all the fritters ingredients together, form into six patties.
  • Pan fry until golden brown on both sides.

Other Ingredients

  • 6 duck eggs
  • 6 rashers of pancetta or smoked streaky bacon


  • Grill the pancetta or smoked streaky bacon until crispy and set aside.
  • Crack each duck egg in boiling water, adding 2tbsp of distilled vinegar and lightly poach for 7 minutes.

Ingredients for the Hollandaise

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 2 large free-range egg yolks
  • 1 dessert spoon white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp paprika
  • Salt & pepper

Method for the Hollandaise

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • In another pan have some ready boiled water, remove this from the stove and place a bowl large enough to sit on top of it.
  • Place the egg yolks, vinegar and lemon juice in the bowl and start whisking. Gently start pouring the melted buttered in while still whisking. This should cause the yolks to thicken.
  • Add 1 tsp of paprika, salt and pepper.

To Serve

  • Place the fritter in the centre of the plate, place the warm bacon on top, and the warm soft duck egg on top of this. Finish with the hollandaise sauce.

To Serve

Take the casserole dish out of the oven and remove the pork cheeks. Pour the sauce through a sieve and discard the vegetables. The sauce can now go into a saucepan and reduce by one third – it will thicken on its own and will have a lovely shine to it. Add the cheeks and take off the heat.

That’s the hard work done!

Heat the mash slowly, place onto the plate, along with the vegetables from the oven. Place three pork cheeks on top, pour over some sauce and enjoy!

To drink

Warner's Taste Club - Sweetcorn fritters, poached duck egg, bacon and paprika hollandaise recipe

This light summery brunch deserves a light summery rosé. Try this elegant rosé, scented with peach and floral characters and a juicy, fresh ripe berry fruit that fills the palate. Refreshingly dry and crisp.

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