I'm not one for liking fish. To be honest I usually don't eat any fish but I do love a good fish pie, home made only though. I only like cod or haddock and never use prawny type fish in my pie as it looks weird and I cannot eat it. I just keep it simple.
To make my version you will need:
- a 2.5lb bag of potatoes
- 5 fresh pieces of fish (I use either cod or haddock)
- a pack of Colman's Parsley sauce
- 300ml of milk (and an extra splash for cooking the fish)
- grated cheese
- First of all peel and cut up the potatoes, give a rinse in cold water and then place in a pan, covering them with cold water and quite a good sprinkle of salt. Boil for 40 minutes and then mash with a dollop of margarine.
- Place the fish in a frying pan on a medium heat with a splash of water and a little margarine. Cook until it starts to break apart and then sieve away the liquid. Break all the fish up into small chunks.
- Put the parsley sauce powder into a pan and add a little of the 300ml of milk, mix till all lumps have gone and then add the rest of the milk, bring to the boil and then simmer until you get the right consistency. Make sure to keep stirring so you don't burn the base of the pan.
- Put the fish into an oven dish and pour over the parsley sauce, making sure it covers all the fish. Leave to cool.
- Add the mash over the top of the fish and spread out evenly. I then use a fork to make the lined pattern which also helps flatten it out.
- Sprinkle over with grated cheese, I use mild cheddar so it's not overpowering.
- Place into the oven for around 40 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Take out and serve with any accompaniment. I serve it with peas and carrots as I like the freshness.
I find fish pie is a great hearty meal and great for this cold weather.