Hi all, sorry haven’t been on here this week, been very busy and with the cold weather, had a few take-away nights so gave a little break from cooking!
Last week I went to local supermarket to get a few items when they had a good sale on fish, and remembering how my mum would cook a delicious fish pie, I decided to buy some and try to make my own especially in these cold winter months.
Prep time: 10mins.
Cooking time: 35mins (+ 35mins oven time)
- 2 onion
- 2/3 cup. mixed veg – I used frozen as didn’t have any fresh veg left!
- 2 garlic cloves
- 50g butter
- Olive oil
- 3-4cups of milk
- 2-3tbsps. cornstarch/cornflour
- 4-5 large potatoes
- Fresh haddock – cut into chunks
- Salt & pepper
- 1 tsp. chilli flakes
- Mushrooms – optional
- 1/2 tbsp. dried basil
- Handful of grated cheese (I used mature cheddar)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Prepare your ingredients, chop up onions and garlic, and wash and cut haddock into chunks.
- While preparing the ingredients, add your milk into a large saucepan and place on high heat.
- Next wash your potatoes and place in another saucepan with water and onto high heat. I didn’t bother peeling the potatoes as frankly, I’m really bad at peeling! So I just made sure that I washed the potatoes well.
- Once you chopped your onions and garlic. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, add some olive oil and your butter. Once the butter melts, add your onions and garlic and fry until onions had softened. While frying also add in your chili flakes and stir in.
- Next add in your haddock chunks into the milk and stir.
- Once your onions have softened, add into your milk and fish and stir.
- While the milk is beginning to get hot and starts cooking the haddock, add in your frozen mixed veg. If using fresh veg (which is much better) chop them up and add in. Also if using mushrooms, add them in now. My mixed veg contains peas, cauliflower and carrots.
- After 5-10mins on high heat, you will start to see the fish beginning to get flaky and peal away from the skin. This is when you know its done. Also the potatoes will be boiling now, you would need them to boil for 10-15mins till soft but not too soft as in mashed potatoes!
- Next, drain out your fish and veg mixture into separate bowl but keep the milk and place back into the saucepan.
- With the fish mixture, if using sweetcorn, add now and stir into the mixture. Season well and add in your dried basil.
- Note: Some like to remove the skin left from the fish but I was a bit in a hurry so I kept it in and when it did come to eating the meal, was perfectly fine!
- By now your potatoes will be done, so drain them out next and leave to one side.
- Next with your pan of milk, place back onto the hob on high heat.
- Then take roughly a cup of the mixture out and add in your cornstarch into the cup with the mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Add this into the milk and stir continuously using a whisk until the mixture begins to thicken, so about 5-10minutes.
- Once the mixture has thickened, season to taste and add in your grated cheese and stir.
- Next add in your fish and veg mix and stir into the sauce.
- Afterwards, spread this evenly onto your baking dish.
- Lastly, slice your cooked potatoes and place on-top of your fish sauce evenly covering all of the mixture.
- Once completely covered, as an added extra, place knobs of butter around the dish.
- Place into hot oven, middle shelf, for 30-35mins until the potatoes have gone golden brown.
- Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave for 5mins to cool down then serve!
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