First, a little apology for not having posted for so long. Unfortunately the day job got in the way and I didn’t have time to play! Added to that my esteemed photographer (my husband) has been working away from home so all in all it’s been a little tricky to get any posts up. This one was done back in May but I’ve only just had the chance to post it now. Better late than never!
Three Christmases ago my Mum and Dad gave me a lovely fish shaped dish, for fish pie, as my Christmas present. It was the last present my Mum ever gave me and it means a lot to me. When I was mulling over what to share with you on my website I decided to make a fish pie and to use Mum’s dish. As luck would have it, I also had just the right recipe for it.
This recipe started it’s days as a microwave fish pie, I developed it for the BBC when I was their microwave cookery expert. “Oh nooo!” I hear you cry “I haven’t got a microwave”. Fear not, I have converted it to a conventional hob and oven recipe, just for you. But, if you would like the microwave recipe, well, you only have to ask.
1 lb Smoked haddock
2 oz Peeled prawns (if you don’t like or haven’t got any prawns then you can leave them out)
1 oz butter
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1 pt Milk
2 Tbls Cornflour
½ to 1 tsp Mustard powder
6 oz Mild cheddar cheese, grated
1 lb Potatoes, cooked and mashed
Salt and pepper to taste
You will also need a large casserole dish
Preheat your oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5
Place the haddock into a large pan of boiling water and reduce the heat to a light simmer. Poach the fish until it is cooked. You can test to see if the fish cooked by gently putting a fork into it, if the meat flakes off easily you can be pretty sure it is cooked.
Remove the fish from the pan and drain off any excess water. Once the water has drained off, flake the fish. I like to have to have large chunks of fish in my pie, but you can have the flakes as large or small as you like.
Melt the butter in a large pan, I use a wok and add the onion. Gently fry the onion until cooked.
Place the cornflour and mustard into a small bowl and blend with a little of the milk. For some reason I have never been able to use plain flour to thicken my sauces. Believe me, I have tried, but it always ends up lumpy. I discovered that cornflour worked every time, so I gave up trying to make my sauces with flour. Result, one happy cook
Pour the milk into the pan with the onion and bring it to the boil. Add the blended cornflour and mustard. Cook until the sauce thickens. Stir in the prawns, haddock and cheese.
Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and either pipe or spread the mashed potato over the top.
If you are in a hurry you can place the pie under the grill to brown the potato on the top. Or, alternatively, pop the pie into the oven for about 20 – 30 mins until the top has browned.
This is such a quick and easy meal to make but is really tasty and of course you can use any fish you like in it. The pie is delicious served with crusty bread, a light salad or peas. However you choose to serve it I promise you, it will be delicious.