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Bermondsey Bomb

Serves: 6

Duration: 55 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1kg desiree potatoes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 good pinches of chilli flakes
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 160g minced (ground) pork
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 100g dry breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil for deep-frying
For the aioli:
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Lemon juice to taste

This mouthwatering starter or sharing dish by Jose Pizarro of Pizarro restaurants is a playful twist on the La Bomba de la Barceloneta, one of the most popular tapas in Barcelona. For a vegetarian take on the dish, switch out the minced pork for carrots, as they do in Spain.

1. Put the potatoes in a large pan with cold salted water and bring to the boil. When cooked through, drain and let cool. Peel and mash the potatoes. Season to taste and set aside. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan and add half of the onions. Cook over a medium heat until they start to caramelise (about 20-30 minutes), then add the garlic and a pinch of chilli flakes. Cook for another minute and then add the meat. Cook for 10 minutes and season to taste. Set aside.

3. To make the spicy tomato sauce, heat the remaining olive oil in another pan and cook the rest of the onions over a medium heat until soft. Add a pinch of chilli flakes and the tomatoes and cook until reduced, with almost no juices left. Season to taste.

4. To make the aioli, whisk the egg yolks with the vinegar and some seasoning. Gradually whisk in the vegetable then olive oil in a thin steady stream, whisking all the time until you have a thick, glossy mayonnaise. Whisk in the garlic and lemon juice to taste. If too thick, whisk in 25 – 30ml of water. Set aside.

5. Make a ball of around 100g mash. Use your thumb to press a hole into the centre. Fill the cavity with the meat mixture and cover with more mash to enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining mash and meat mixture.

6. Put the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. One by one, roll the balls first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.

7. In a deep pan heat enough oil to cover 2 – 3 ‘bombs’ to 180 degrees or until a cube of bread brown in 20 seconds. Fry the bombs until golden – use a thermometer to make sure they are hot inside. Spoon some aioli in the centre of a plate and place a bomb on top and spoon over the spicy tomato sauce. Serve hot.

Ingredients

  • 1kg desiree potatoes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 good pinches of chilli flakes
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 160g minced (ground) pork
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 100g dry breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil for deep-frying
For the aioli:
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Lemon juice to taste

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