Fish Pie

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

We've finally moved house and part of the deal of living with my parents is making dinner as often as we can! There are some dinners that you just can't make look pretty. These meals tend to come in a large dish that everyone helps themselves from. They are often the greatest meals to eat and involve family and friends sitting together enjoying good food and conversation.

I made fish pie the other night for the first time and it was delicious. We never have it at home as Al doesn't eat fish at all so when he was away for the night I made it for me and my parents. It's a very simple recipe and is easy to put together so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Freshly mashed potatoes to cover the top of the dish
2 medium sized fillets of fish (one should be smoked for more flavour)
Cooked prawns (about 3-4oz)
A handful of frozen peas
Fresh parsley
1pt milk
2oz flour
2oz butter
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
Cheese to top the potato.

You don't need to cook the fish before you add it to the sauce so it makes things very easy. I used a fillet of smoked haddock and a fillet of cod and threw some cooked prawns in too. The sauce is incredibly simple. Put the milk, flour and butter into a saucepan and heat gently whisking continuously. Once the sauce had thickened, boiled and become smooth it is time to add the fish and the chopped hard-boiled eggs. I also threw in some frozen peas and some chopped fresh parsley. Cook this mixture for a few minutes and then transfer to a baking dish and top with mashed potato (or a combination of potato and swede) and top that with grated cheese. Bake in a 200C preheated oven until bubbling and golden on top and serve with more fresh parsley.


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