Culinary Journey (Fish): Fish Pie

Even though I love this, I’ve never made it from scratch and I think my first attempt went pretty well. I was over the moon to have finally found samphire as I’ve wanted to try it for years (I loved it).

Ingredients

  • 300 – 400g fresh filleted fish, cut into largish chunks
  • 5 – 6 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 300ml milk
  • Handful of petit pois
  • 1 level tsp mustard powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes, boil in water for 20 mins. Drain and mash with salt, pepper and a dash of milk/cream and a knob of butter. Using a whisk, whip up until light and fluffy. Set aside to cool.
  2. Put 1 tbsp of butter into a microwavable bowl and set for 30 seconds or until melted.
  3. Pour out 300ml of milk into a microwavable jug and heat up in microwave.
  4. While milk is heating, add the butter to the flour and using a whisk, combine together to form a “roux” or thick smooth paste.
  5. Dribble in some of the warm milk to loosen the roux. Gradually add the milk and whisk in until all has combined. Heat in microwave for 1 and half mins, whisk until smooth then heat for another 1 min. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth. Add salt, pepper and mustard powder (season to taste)
  6. Stir in the fish and petit pois and transfer to a casserole dish. Put mash into a piping bag and pipe onto the surface of the fish.
  7. Cook in oven for 25-30 mins until fish is cooked, sauce is bubbling up the sides and mash has browned/crisped up.

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