A Fish Pie Recipe With A Touch Of The Fast Food Flavour

This recipe is a little different from the regular fish pie recipes because it brings in a tang of the fast food mania. However, the fish pie is not unhealthy, as its main ingredients are still the same as those used in traditional fish pie recipes. This particular recipe will look more appealing and children will take a liking to it and this is what most parents want.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg Potatoes
  • 750g Cod or any other white fish
  • 750g Smoked haddock
  • 125g Fresh peas
  • 500ml Whole milk
  • 150g Butter
  • 125g Grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 Eggs
  • A pack of crisps
  • 75g Flour
  • A couple of bay leaves
  • 1tbsp Peppercorns
  • Sea Salt
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley

Procedure:

Wash and peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. In a pan of boiling salted water, add the cut potatoes and allow to boil for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and can be easily mashed. Preheat the oven at 200 C. In another pan boil some water and add the peas along with some salt and let cook till soft. If you are using frozen peas, you may need to only blanch the peas. Also boil the eggs until they are hard boiled. Remove the shells and cut into quarter or smaller pieces.

Now for the fish, in a frying pan put in the fish fillet and pour the milk over it adding the bay leaves, peppercorns, some parsley finely chopped and salt to taste. Let this cook until the fish is ready but not falling to pieces. Once done remove the fish and with a fork, flake the fish and transfer to a casserole lining the bottom of it evenly. Add the boiled and cut egg pieces, laying them over the flaked fish, at short intervals. By now the potatoes must be ready.

Drain the boiled potatoes and let stand for a few minutes for the extra moisture to evaporate. Now mash the potatoes with the butter till it forms a fluffy consistency. Keep aside till you prepare the sauce. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Take it off the hob and gradually add the milk from the fish to it, stirring vigorously so that there are no lumps formed.

Put back on the hob and allow to simmer for a few minutes till the sauce thickens and begins to bubble. Remove from gas and slowly stir in more than half the grated cheese followed by the boiled peas, strained of their liquid. Pour this creamy white sauce over the fish covering it from end to end. Now layer the mashed potatoes on top spreading it evenly with a spatula and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Now it is time to add the crisps. Open the pack and remove half the contents. With the half left behind in the pack, crush the crisps a little by rolling the pack held between both your palms. Spread the crushed crisps over the mashed potatoes covering it in a thin layer. Put the fish pie to bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

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