Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fish Pie

Just felt like digging into a warm soft pie and to my mind all that could mean was Fish Pie!

After looking at various recipes this is what I did.

2 Perch fillets with some prawns
400ml milk
4-5 cloves
1 yellow onion diced
fresh dill
salt & pepper
dash of olive oil
In a deep pan splash some oil to coat the dish then add the fish and cloves, onion, salt and pepper and pour in the milk to cover the fish. Place in the oven and bake at medium heat for 20 minutes. Once cooked remove the fish to cool with the prawns and once cool enough flake the fish into bite size pieces.
Reserve the milk (strain it and keep aside)

5-6 big potatoes cleaned and boiled till soft then mashed with some butter, salt, pepper and the reserved milk to make a smooth mash.

In a pan stir fry some yellow onions in some butter then add some sliced mushrooms and green peas and stir well. After a few minutes add some chicken stock and reduce to thicken the mushrooms. Keep aside.

In a deep pan, heat some butter and then add 2-3 tablespoons of flour to make a roux. Take off the heat and mix the roux well and add the remaining milk reserved from the fish. Add some nutmeg and cracked black pepper and return the pan to the heat and keep stirring for about 10 minutes. The sauce should be thick and creamy. You may add some fresh herbs like dill to the sauce and more chicken stock if the sauce is too thick. Taste for salt and keep aside.

In a well greased shallow baking pan, add the fish and prawns, then add the mushroom and green beans. Next add the sauce and spread the mixture well. Finally spread the mashed potato on top, sprinkle with some grated Parmesan and bake for about 20-30 minutes until the pie is golden brown.