Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Easy Fish Pie


2 fillets Haddock or any available white fish
2 fillets smoked Haddock (undyed)
250g cooked prawns
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
2 tbsp chopped Parsley
1 1/4 pints whole milk
1 tbsp cornflour, mixed to a paste with a little milk
1 kg potatoes, peeled and evenly cut
25g butter
75g grated cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Place the onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and milk in a large pan over a moderate heat.  Bring up to a simmer and add the white fish and smoked haddock.  Cook gently for 4 minutes, switch off the heat and put on the lid and leave the fish to finish cooking in the hot milk.

Meanwhile put the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water, add 1 tsp salt.  Bring to the boil and cook until the potatoes are tender.

Strain the fish, remove the carrot, onion, celery and bay leaf and reserve the milk.  Remove the fish, flake it and place in an ovenproof dish, add the prawns.

Mash the potatoes with butter and a little of the reserved milk.

Heat the remainder of the milk in a saucepan,gradually add the cornflour mixture until the sauce is thick and smooth.  Add the chopped Parsley.  Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning accordingly, add half of the grated cheese and stir until melted.

Pour the sauce on top of the fish and stir gently to combine.  Top with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese.

Place in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/ gas 6 for 15 minutes.

Serve with peas, green beans or buttered spinach.

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