Fish pot pie, a traditional British dish, with peas is a wonderful comfort food dish with chunks of fish and minty peas in a creamy and delicious white sauce, topped with golden and cheesy potatoes!
Every cook has a different approach how to make a fish pie. The collection of recipes that I am sharing on this blog, Fab Cuisine, is made for everyone. The recipes are quick and easy to make. As always, basic kitchen equipment is used. For example, today,as I presume not every household possess a mouli, I am slicing the potatoes instead of making a traditional mash. Every step to making this fish pot pie is straightforward and it will take you less than an hour to feed your family or a group of 5. A side of fresh greens (tenderstem broccoli, kale) is the perfect accompaniment.
Typically, smoked white fish, like smoked haddock, is used to make a fish pie. Smoked haddock is the king of the pies, its smoky, flakey texture works well in a large repertoire of recipes involving a white sauce .
During the lockdown, fresh fish wasn’t easy to get so I purchased a bag of frozen fish pie mix on my online shopping list. Back to the past, I mean a few years ago, when I was cooking for a popular fine dining restaurant based in South West London, we used to make our own fish pie mix including fresh smoked haddock, fresh salmon and fresh cod. As a sustainable business, fish trims were used to make the fish pie which was offered on the prix fixe menu available every evening.
Ingredients for the fish pie mix: 1 bag of frozen pie mix (320g); 1kg white potatoes peeled and sliced; 300g of frozen peas; 1 handful fresh chopped mint; 3 tbsp vegetable oil, Parmesan (as much as you like!!)
Ingredients for the white sauce: 500ml milk; 50g butter; 50g flour; 1 bay leaf; 2 cloves; nutmeg; 1 onion halved.
So, add the vegetable oil into a baking tray and put in the fish pie mix. Bake your fish pie mix in an oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 mins.
Meanwhile get ready with the white sauce.
At this stage, on your worktop, you should have the fish pie mix cooked, a bowl of frozen peas, the white sauce and on your chopping board the sliced potatoes.
Incorporate the fish pie mix into the white sauce, fold gently, don’t mix it as you will break the fish. What we are looking for at this stage is chunks of fish. Pourthe fish pie mix into an ovenproof dish.
Boiled the peas in a salty water and refresh them. Pour the blanched peas on top of the fish pie mix.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cook the sliced potatoes half way through in salty boiling water, drain them without breaking them and add them on top of the fish pie mix and peas.
Finally, season the potatoes with salt, pepper and grated parmesan. Bake for 20-25mns.
Serve and enjoy while hot! Bon Apétit!!