80mins, Novice Kitchenhand
Tilly Ramsay‘s Any Fish Pie
This is called Any Fish Pie because, guess what, you can make it with any fish and it tastes equally good.
In Cornwall, I made it with hake and lobster but you can use cod, haddock, salmon, pollock, etc.
For the mashed potatoes:
- 1.5kg white potatoes
- 100g butter
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
For the pie filling:
- 4 spring onions
- 4 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 150g Cheddar cheese
- 50g butter
- 175g frozen peas
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 150ml semi-skimmed milk
- 150ml crème fraîche
- 450g selection of fish and seafood that has been skinned and chopped into large pieces, e.g. haddock, salmon and peeled prawns
- Salt and pepper
- Heat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
- Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters then put them into a large saucepan. Cover them with cold water and put the pan over a medium heat. When the water is boiling, turn down to a simmer and let the potatoes cook for 15 to 20 minutes until they are very soft.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander, then put them back into the pan and mash them with a potato masher. Add the butter and milk to the pan and mash again until the potatoes are lovely and smooth.
- While the potatoes are cooking, slice the spring onions into small rings. Then chop the parsley with a large knife or in a mug with a pair of scissors.
- Grate the Cheddar cheese, being careful not to grate your fingers!
- Place the flame-proof casserole dish over a medium heat and add the butter for the filling. When it has melted, add the spring onions and fry for a minute or so.
- Add the peas and the mustard and cook for another minute, stirring.
- Add the milk and crème fraîche and gently simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until it thickens a little bit. Then add the cheese and give it a good stir.
- When the cheese has melted, add the pieces of fish and cover them with the sauce. Stir in the chopped parsley and remove from the heat. Season with a little salt and pepper and stir again.
- Spoon the mash on top of the fish mixture and spread it out to cover the whole top. Use a fork to make a wavy patter on top to look like the ocean but don’t press too hard so you don’t push through.
- Put the dish into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until bubbling around the edges and crispy on top
- Serve in bowls with extra veg on the side. How warming is that?
Recipe supplied by Tilly Ramsay