Fish pie is a favourite in my house and this is one of the best recipes I’ve found. Annabel Karmel produces food for a chain of nurseries in the UK and this is one of the kids’ favourites too! I like to use sweet potatoes in the mash as they are low GI and add a nice, sweet flavour. The addition of vinegar is an interesting twist and making the sauce with stock gives it a lighter taste (you could omit the cream for a lower calorie dish).
- 800g potatoes (I like to use half sweet potatoes)
- 30g butter
- 7 tbsp milk
- 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the sauce
- 45g butter
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 45g flour
- 450ml fish stock (or vegetable stock if none to hand)
- 6 tbsp double cream
- 1 ½ tsp chopped fresh dill or chives, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
Salmon & Cod Filling (For ease you can buy fish pie mix ready prepared)
- 250g salmon, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks
- 250g cod, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks
- 150g small cooked prawns
- 70g frozen peas
- Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6.
- Boil the potatoes in salted water.
- Drain and mash with the butter, milk and Parmesan and season to taste.
- To make the sauce, melt the butter and sauté the shallot for 5–6 minutes until soft.
- Add the white wine vinegar and boil for 2–3 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
- Stir in the flour to make a roux.
- Gradually, stir in the fish stock and then cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
- Bring to the boil then cook stirring until thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the cream and the chopped dill or chives. Season well as the fish is unseasoned.
- Put the fish and peas in an oven proof dish and pour over the sauce.
- Brush the potato topping with a little beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Freeze, assembled but uncooked.
You can make these as individual mini fish pies if you prefer.
This recipe is taken from Annabel Karmel’s book “100 family Meals” which you can find in Asda stores. Or you can find it online at Amazon.