'Fish pie is a traditional British dish. This pie is usually made with white fish, for example cod, haddock or halibut. It is oven baked in a pie dish but not usually made with the shortcrust or puff pastry casings that is associated with most savoury pies (e.g. steak and kidney pie).In place of a pastry casing enclosing the pie, a topping of mashed potatoes (sometimes with cheese or vegetables such as onions and leeks added) is used to enclose the contents during baking.'
I wanted to make a traditional Fish Pie, so I turned to the great British Chef that knows all there is to know about British Fish Recipes-Rick Stein.
I decided to use his recipe because, not having made one before, I wanted the liquor-fish sauce- to taste authentic. It certainly did!
His recipe is the old-fashioned one.
Some people make it with smoked haddock or cod only, other people with seafood, some with white fish only. I wanted a bit of everything.
Some people also add spinach to the mix which gives it excellent texture!
I topped the potato mash with some smoked cheddar to complement the smokiness of the Cod and it was yummy!
Ingredients1 small Onions, thickly sliced
1 Bay leaves
300ml double cream
450g unskinned cod fillets
225g undyed smoked cod fillets
45g plain flour
5 tbsp chopped flat leaf Parsley,
pinch freshly grated Nutmeg
1.25kg peeled floury potatoes, such as King Edwards or Maris Piper
1 egg yolk,
sea salt and freshly ground freshly ground white pepper,
Some King size prawns
Hard-boil the eggs for just 8 minutes, then drain and leave to cool. Peel and cut them into chunky slices and arrange on top of the fish.
Melt 50 g of the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the reserved cooking liquor. Return it to the heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time. Leave it to simmer gently for 10 minutes to cook out the flour. Remove from the heat once more, stir in the parsley and season with nutmeg, salt and white pepper. Pour the sauce over the fish and leave to cool. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Drain, mash and add the rest of the butter and the egg yolk. Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Beat in enough of the remaining milk to form a soft, spreadable mash.
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Spoon the potato over the filling and mark the surface with a fork. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until piping hot and golden brown.