Fish Pie






I'd always wanted to make a fish pie but never seemed to find the right time for it! Luckily, I happened to pass a really cute fish pie dish in my local supermarket  and had to have it and therefore desperately had to make a fish pie for it!

As I'd never made a fish pie before, I decided to look at different recipes and it was interesting to see how different some were from each other and I got a bit confused as to what an authentic fish pie should be! Therefore, I just took what I liked from each recipe, added a few of my own ideas and came up with this!

Serves 6 hungry people!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg potatoes (I used Maris Piper)
  • 80g unsalted butter(50 for the white sauce and 30 for the mashed potatoes)
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 450 ml fish stock
  • 360 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 50 g Cheddar cheese 
  • 25g  Red Leicester cheese 
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
  • A small bunch of parsley
  • 200 g baby spinach  
  • a handful of peas
  • 300 g cod
  • 200 g  salmon
  • 200g smoked haddock
  • 150g Fresh Prawns
  • 1full teaspoon of nutmeg

What to do!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C /356F/  G4
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into small evenly sized chunks.
  3. Place the potatoes in plenty of cold water with a good amount of salt
  4. Boil until tender- this will take approximately 20 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes! 
  5. When potatoes are cooked and tender, drain and leave in the colander for them to cool down.

 In the meantime, you can make the sauce!

6. Melt 50g of the butter in a heavy pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Add the bay leaves, then the fish stock, white wine and 150 ml milk. Gently and slowly, stirring as you go when adding every addition until you find you have a smooth consistency. Take your time with this :).

7. Bring the sauce to the boil and then let it simmer straight away. Let the sauce simmer until you see the sauce thicken. This will take around 10 minutes.

 8. Once the sauce is thick, add the mustard and grate half of the cheddar cheese, chop the parsley and add them all to the sauce as well. Keep stirring all throughout.
9. Squeeze in the lemon's juice and continue stirring until you see the cheese has melted.
10. At that point add a pinch of salt and some pepper and remove from the heat.


11. Now, you can mash your potatoes! Mash the potatoes and add the remaining of the butter and a splash of milk when needed. Season with some salt, pepper and your nutmeg!




12. Now grab your lovely dish and make sure it's deep enough (mine wasn't for the amount I made!) A 2.5 inch deep dish should be perfect.

13. Cut up your fish, if not already done so and place them evenly on the dish, making sure there are no bones!

14. Add your spinach, peas and anything else you wish to add to your fish pie!

*You could also choose to put the fish and veg in the sauce, simmer for 5 minutes and then put all in your dish, mixed.

 
*If you do not choose to put your fish and veg into the sauce, then now's the time to:

15. Remove the bay leaves from your sauce and pour the sauce evenly all over your fish and veg.





16. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the pie (at this point it would be nice to use a piping bag for the potatoes but I was in too much of a hurry to see how this would taste so denied myself of the fun of that!!)

17. Grate the remaining Cheddar and the red Leicester over the top

18. Bake in the oven for approximately 50 minutes or like me, you can check to see if the top is lovely and golden!




and Voila! It sounds bity but once you've done it the first time you realise how easy it is! You can save yourself a bit of time by buying ready made mash and prepacked, cut and selected fish in 'fish pie' packages at the fish section of supermarkets. But all these things don't take that much time really and make the process more fun and tasty!





*I shall be putting up some alternative fish pie recipe links that I have found since, through my twitter & facebook  accounts next week, so do watch out for them!

























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