When I was in Australia, I got really homesick one day, and made this fish pie. It’s nowhere near as good as my Mum’s, but it’s near enough to make me feel 6 years old again, in our old house, on a cold day, snacking on fish in an unctuous sauce, and the creamy potato.
Hopefully my Mum will read this and give me her recipe, but it’s that good I’m fairly sure it’s only ever handed down the female line, and then only on their death beds. It’s that good.
Edit- My Mum let me know- apparently it’s pretty close! I forgot to include a sliced up boiled egg or two along with the fish, which in hindsight was one of my favourite bits!!!
This is merely comforting and tasty.
- A mix of salmon, haddock, white fish, prawns… about 500g
- 750g potatoes, peeled
- 400ml milk
- 25g butter
- 25g plain flour
- A leek
- 25g parmesan
- 1tsp mustard
- Vegetables- about 2 handfuls of peas, sweetcorn, green beans, broccoli. Your call here.
- Cheddar cheese, to top
Stick the spuds on boil. About 20 minutes, or until the spuds are falling apart.
While they boil, put the butter and the chopped leek into a pan over a very low heat. As the butter melts, add the flour, stirring vigorously, in about 4 small measures. This should coat the leeks, as they cook, in a kind of stealth roux.
Add the milk, bit by bit, stirring thoroughly then cook out on a slightly higher temperature for about 5 minutes, till thickened. Take off the heat, and stir in the parmesan, chives, fish, parsley and veg, and transfer to an oven proof dish.
Preheat the oven to 185c. When the potatoes are done, mash them up with some butter and milk. Spread all over the top of the fish mix, put some nice lines in with a fork (this helps crisp the top up) then put a layer of cheese on top.
Bake for 20 minutes or so. Let it cool on the side for 5 minutes then scoff it greedily.