For the saffron potatoes


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Warm the olive oil in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and fry the peppers, garlic and bay leaves for 10 mins, stirring often until the peppers have softened.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, prepare the saffron potatoes. Put the saffron threads in a small heatproof bowl with 1 tbsp boiling water, the olive oil and garlic, and stir well until the liquid turns yellow. Set aside. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, and cook the sliced potatoes for 5 mins until tender but not collapsing. Drain well.

  • STEP 3

    When the peppers have softened, sprinkle over the paprika and stir briefly, then pour in the stock and passata and cook for 5 mins more. Remove from the heat and stir in the shrimp, cod, olives and parsley, if using. Tip the stew into a large, shallow pie dish (ours was 30 x 20cm, and about 6.5cm deep).

  • STEP 4

    Arrange the potato slices over the stew in an even layer – they don’t have to be neat – then generously brush over the saffron mixture.

  • STEP 5

    Bake the pie for 30-35 mins until bubbling at the edges and the fish is cooked through. When it’s almost finished cooking, boil or steam the broccoli or green beans to serve alongside the pie.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2023


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