- 200g Maris Piper potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 1 tbsp flour
Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…
- 200ml whole milk, plus 1 tbsp
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 100g cheddar, gruyère or emmental, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 200g fish pie mix (we used a mix of salmon, haddock and prawns)
- 50g frozen peas
A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…
- 50g shredded kale
A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…
- 1 spring onion, finely sliced
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 1 tbsp parmesan, finely grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- green salad, to serve (optional)
Tip the potatoes into a pan, cover with hot water from the kettle and add a pinch of salt. Simmer for 15-20 mins until tender, then drain and leave to steam-dry.
Meanwhile, warm the butter in a heavy-based pan over a low heat. Add the flour and stir until you have a paste. Gradually whisk in 200ml milk until you have a thick white sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins, stirring. Season, then stir in the mustard and half the cheese, and continue to stir until the cheese has melted. Fold in the fish, peas and kale, and cook for 8 mins more, or until the kale wilts, the fish is just cooked and the prawns are starting to turn pink.
Heat the grill to medium-high. Mash the potatoes with the spring onion and 1 tbsp milk. Fold in the remaining cheese and season well.
Tip the filling into a heatproof dish and spoon the cheesy mash on top, swirling it with a fork until the filling is completely covered. Sprinkle over the parmesan and grill for 10-15 mins until the pie is golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad, if you like. Uncooked pie, well covered in the dish, will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
Fish pie fishcakesMash together any leftover cold fish pie. Shape into cakes, then dip them in flour, egg and breadcrumbs to coat. Fry until golden and serve.