A no-fuss family favourite meal.
Fresh dill appeared in last week’s veg box and I was inspired by both that, and the colder Autumnal temperatures of late, to make one of my hearty, creamy, family favourite fish pies.
For years making fish pies used to be a laborious task, taking absolutely forever what with poaching the fish first in milk infused with mace blades, whole peppercorns, onion and carrot, all the sieving and thickening and such malarky.
Then I discovered that the fish actually tasted better (and not at all rubbery like the twice-cooked fish you get when you poach it first and then cook it for half an hour in the oven – why, why would I ever have done that?!) if I just cubed it and stuck it raw straight into a cream mixture flavoured with (and I know I’m cheating here) fish stock made with a half a Knorr stock pot.
Plus, double cream makes for a much more hearty Autumnal/Winter dish than thickened milk. Trust me. This pie is proper comfort food. The kind of comfort food that you’ll go back for seconds and thirds, even.
Leftovers, if there are any, reheat really well for up to two more days too. Simply transfer what you want to reheat into an oven proof dish, cover with aluminium foil and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes.
I confess, sometimes I even lather tomato sauce on the top of leftovers, scoffing away while sitting on the couch binge watching my latest Netflix series (currently watching Salem!).
More often than not I’ll serve this fish pie on its own, without any side dishes, but if I’m wanting to compensate for the calorie-heavy cream sauce I’ll serve a smaller portion of fish pie with a generous helping of steamed greens, whatever happens to have appeared in my veg box that week. This time it was green beans, topped and tailed and blanched for just a few minutes to soften them, but so that they still retain some of their crunchy texture.
Note, you could also replace the smoked fish or the prawns with some fresh salmon. Simply cut into bite sized pieces as you do the white fish.
What’s your favourite go-to comfort meal now that the evenings are getting colder? Let me know in the comments!
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