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No Fuss Fish Pie

This evening we decided to cook a very simple,luxurious but at the same time healthy and rich in omega-3 and protein fish pie, using various types of seafood in a creamy classic butter and flour roux with a crisp fluffy golden mashed potato topping.

I used the infamous Marco Pierre White’s classic fish pie recipe, I have left the recipe with chopped boiled eggs in this is optional, I chose to layer without the eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Knorr Fish Stock Pot
  • 20g butter
  • 20g flour
  • 100ml double cream
  • 50g handful of grated mild Cheddar cheese
  • 100g white fish fillet, chopped into round 2.5cm squares
  • 100g salmon fillet, chopped into round 2.5cm squares
  • 100g smoked haddock, chopped into round 2.5cm squares
  • 100g peeled, headless raw prawns
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  • 150g baby leeks, blanched, chopped, patted dry
  • 1kg mashed potato (made by peeling 1kg potatoes, boiling until tender and mashing with double cream or milk and 2–3 egg yolks)
  • For a healthier option instead of using 100ml of double cream you can use 50ml of milk and 50ml of double cream.
  • Method:
  • First make your fish stock by dissolving the Knorr Fish Stock Pot in 400ml of boiling water stirring until thoroughly dissolved.
    • Set the stock aside to cool for around 20 minutes while you prepare the fish and leeks.
    • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7.
    • Heat a heavy-based saucepan. Add in the butter, allow to melt, then add in the flour and whisk to mix thoroughly. Using a whisk, rather than a wooden spoon, to make the sauce means you won’t have any lumps.
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    • Gradually add in the cooled stock, whisking between each addition. You want to be sure to cook out any floury taste.
    • Whisking constantly, bring to the boil and simmer until thickened. Whisk in the double cream to enrich the sauce

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    • Add in the white fish, salmon and smoked haddock chunks. Gently shake the pan to work the fish into the sauce. Cook very gently over a low heat to poach the fish in the sauce.
    • Two minutes later add in the prawns, again shaking the pan to work them into the sauce, and cook gently for 1–2 minutes until just cooked.
    • Turn the fish mixture into an ovenproof pie dish. Sprinkle over the blanched leeks and then top with a layer of hard-boiled egg quarters. Sprinkle over the grated Cheddar. This way you’re adding layers of flavour and texture to the dish.
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    • Spread over the mashed potato to form a thick, even layer on top of the pie, smoothing with a spatula or palette knife. I used a wet palette knife to indent the mashed potato creating a fish scales pattern, but you can use a fork instead.
    • Bake for 25–30 minutes in the pre-heated oven until golden brown. The egg yolks in the mashed potato mean that it puffs up as it bakes and gives a lovely golden colour to the topping.
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That’s it! Simple great fish dish a recipe welcome in anyone’s back pocket, a real home comfort dish and nothing complicated involved. Allowing around 5 servings making it less than £2 per portion, great value for great nutrition.

I served my fish pie on a bed of crunchy samphire grass and it was spectacular. Your turn!

Bon Apetit!

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There is no such thing as “no time to cook”, by taking yourself to the shops and purchasing a ready made meal means more time and less nutrients. Keep a well stocked strategically assembled store cupboard and be inventive last minute with rices, pastas,sauces,onions and garlic. Be experimental and don’t be scared, have fun with cooking and develop your back pocket recipes, these will soon be your last minute ’5 minute meals’. Food is fuel and for optimal performance we must eat a well balanced diet, you wouldn’t feed your petrol car diesel.

“No time to cook”

Simple Sumptuous Soup

Here is a recipe that i experimented with today, for a simple and luxurious soup which can be used as a starter or a meal in itself, served with a wedge of crusty bread.

Ingredients:
1 onion
1 leek
1 head of broccoli
100-150g Stilton (to taste)
2tbsp rapeseed oil
2tbsp porcini olive oil
Knob of butter
1 litre chicken or veg stock
Favourite bread cubed
Salt and Pepper
1 potato large
1 celery stick

Prep

1) Firstly chop the leek, onion, Celery, take the head away from the thick broccoli stalk and break apart then chop the potato into roughly 2cm cubes.

2) Heat up the rapeseed in a large saucepan add the onions on a medium heat and put on lid. Leave for five minutes allowing onions to steam and soften.

3) Add a small cup of water so the onions don’t burn on the pan then add in the celery leek and potato with a knob of butter. Leave on a low medium heat covered to sweat for five minutes.

4) Add the stock and leave to simmer on the same heat level for 15 minutes.

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5) After that time add the broccoli heads minus any chunky stalks and cook for five minutes.

Stilton

6) Blitz mixture with a blender until it’s as smooth as desired. Then crumble in Stilton and stir in it will melt and slightly thicken the soup. Taste and season until you are happy with the final flavour of the dish, remember the Stilton will provide a salty element to the dish.

For the croutons just heat cubed bread on a warm pan drizzled with your desired oil. I chose porcini infused mushroom olive oil for an earthy wild mushroom kick but you can use normal olive oil, garlic etc. Be careful not to have the heat to high they will burn easily.

Broccoli & Stilton Soup

Good luck!