I’ve tried a lot of different fish pie recipes in my time and quite recently worked out I like to keep it really simple. One woman’s simple is another woman’s boring you might think, but I stand by my principles. I like just one kind of white fish, maybe haddock or hake, a cream sauce (no need to make a white sauce at all) and a vegetable or two thrown in, sometimes spinach or carrot & celery. And always, ALWAYS a mashed potato & mature cheddar cheese topping. Here’s one of my favourite recipes:
Serves 4:
2 large Hake fillets, cut into large cubes
1 large leek, thinly sliced
1 shallot, thinly sliced
200ml single cream
half a lemon
2 baking size potatoes, mashed
good handful of extra mature cheddar cheese
Pre-heat oven to 180C.
Gently fry the leek and shallot in a pan with some olive oil. When soft add the cream and the fish pieces. Cook for a few minutes on a medium heat and allow the sauce to thicken but not boil. Add the juice & zest of half a lemon, season with salt & pepper and transfer to a baking dish. Cover with the mashed potato, spreading it out with a fork to get the rigged top. Finally sprinkle the cheese on top and bake in the oven for around 20 mins or until golden brown.