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Creamy Fish Pie

2 fillets of any white fish or salmon
2 fillets of smoked fish (I used smoked mackerel)
Around 20 fresh prawns or a couple handfuls cooked small shrimp
Around 15 mushrooms, sliced (optional)
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
Around 500 ml milk (add an extra 100 ml cream, for a richer sauce)
2 bay leaves
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp dried thyme (or 4 sprigs fresh thyme)
1 tsp dried oregano (or 2/3 sprigs fresh)
8 peppercorns, lightly crushed or fresh ground pepper to taste
½ roughly chopped onion
4 or 5 large floury potatoes
Handful fresh parsley, chopped fine
3 tbsp (or thereabouts) corn flour
Butter (enough to sauté the flour and mushrooms in and mash potatoes)
Plain milk for mashing the potatoes in

1. Boil and mash potatoes with butter and milk till slightly stiff, but still creamy. Keep aside to cool.


2. Meanwhile, put the white fish into a pot. Add the bay leaves, nutmeg, thyme, oregano, peppercorns or pepper and onion to the pot and pour in milk until it just covers the fish. Poach on a gentle heat until fish is just cooked. Gently lift only the fish out. Leave the remaining ingredients in the milk for as long as possible (it infuses in the flavours) and add the prawns (leave out this step if using cooked prawns).


3. Once the prawns are cooked, strain the milk into a pan, pick out prawns discard the rest of the stuff in it. Reserve the strained milk for the sauce.


4. In another pan, melt the butter and add the corn flour. Sauté on a low flame for 3 minutes or so and then add the milk, whisking until you have a smooth, thick sauce. Taste and season, then take off the heat. Stir in chopped parsley.


5. Fry the mushrooms in a little butter until tender and keep aside.


6. To assemble the pie, flake the white and smoked fish into a bowl. Add the prawns, mushrooms and chopped eggs. Pour over the sauce and mix gently. Pop the mixture into a baking dish and top with mashed potato, roughing up the potato on top {You can freeze the pie at this stage, but if freezing, make sure that the filling, sauce and potatoes are cold before assembling} Or you could do as I did, and assemble into individual soup bowls or ramekins.


7. Bake until the top is lightly browned and the fish mixture underneath is bubbling.

Recipe from: http://foodfootballandababy.blogspot.com/
Author: Michelle Peters - Jones
Please do not plagiarise

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