Needing freezer space I defrosted them and boiled them up with some onions, brown sugar, red wine vinegar and spices until thickened, then strained until a beautiful ketchup was formed.
Discussions then began at work as to what to serve it with.
One of the girls suggested goats cheese, and at that point the cogs in my head started turning!!
Damson ketchup, goats cheese, broad beans, smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, rocket served on potato rosti. This combination sounded like fun, so I got to work creating the dish, and boy did it turn out well.
|Damson ketchup, goats cheese, broad beans, smoked bacon and roasted cherry tomatoes on potato rosti|
For my rosti I used white potatoes, chopped chives and spring onions.
|Ingredients for potato rosti. Potato, chive and spring onion.|
First job is to grate the potato, wrap it in a clean tea towel and tightly squeeze so that all the water from the potato comes out.
|Grated potato in a tea towel to remove the water content.|
Put the potato in a bowl and mix in the chive and spring onion and season with salt and pepper. I added an egg as well at this point to help bind the mix although recipes I've looked at don't seem to. Your choice!
|Grated potato, chive and spring onion mix|
Melting some butter in a frying pan I packed a mould tight with the potato mix and cooked for about 5 minutes on the hob.
|Frying the rosti|
After 5 minutes I removed the mould and turned the rosti over and cook for a further few minutes.
When browned both sides I removed from the pan and put on a tray in the oven at 175° with a slice of goats cheese and some cherry tomatoes.
|Browned potato rosti|
That done I put all the ingredients together on a wooden board, for that rustic effect.
|Goats cheese and potato rosti salad.|
I placed the rosti in the centre of the board and sat the goats cheese on top. Some rocket then spread around and the bacon and broad beans scattered on top with the roasted cherry tomatoes.
As well as some of my ketchup served in a side dish I also put some in a squeezy bottle and drizzled from side to side over the whole dish
A scattering of chopped parsley and this dish has wowed all our customers this week.
Let's see if it wows you!!
|Damson ketchup, goats cheese, potato rosti salad with broad beans, smoked bacon and roasted cherry tomatoes|
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