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Fish pie

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » March 28th, 2019, 12:10 pm

I manage a house where adults with learning disabilities live and they’ve requested fish pie on the menu. My idea of hell , although I love fish , just not creamy buttery mash topped fish and so I’ve never made it . Looking for some tried and tested recipes please for the guys as they can be tough critics :D
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Re: Fish pie

Postby suffolk » March 28th, 2019, 12:52 pm

This is a simple and straightforward ‘family meal’ type recipe that I base mine on.

https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/luxuryfishpie_67647

I use a mix of cod, smoked haddock, salmon, prawns with maybe the addition of some mussels or cockles

I also add a smidgeon of lemon zest to the mash

I don’t use cheese on the mash and I often omit the hardboiled eggs.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Ratatouille » March 28th, 2019, 1:33 pm

I kind of make it up as I go along but base it on Gran's delicious fish pie which always included white and smoked fish and prawns and hard boiled eggs with lots and lots of fresh parsley. It really just depends on the fish I have available. I love the mash with lots of butter but no milk or cream and usually add a grated cheese topping.

I hope they enjoy it.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » March 28th, 2019, 6:19 pm

Thank you both very much , I've said to the girls it's my first time cooking it. So they'll be scoring me out of ten :lol:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby earthmaiden » March 28th, 2019, 7:09 pm

I love fish pie and my own version(s) are similar (depending on how decadent I want to go!). I am interested in the recipe Suffs has posted though, just because they suggest cooking the parsley in the butter for 10 minutes. Does anyone do that?
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Re: Fish pie

Postby suffolk » March 28th, 2019, 7:16 pm

No I add it when the sauce is made.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Busybee » March 28th, 2019, 8:05 pm

I had thought I used a Mary Berry recipe but I can’t seem to find it. Anywho, I poach the fish in the milk first for three minutes, remove the fish then use the milk to make a standard roux sauce, add the fish back in,season well, sliced hard boiled egg layer and top with buttery mash.

What fish / shellfish I use depends on how rich I’m feeling. A white fish, smoked haddock, salmon and prawns in varying quantities.

Don’t make it often as I hate the fish smell that lingers in the house, but it’s an easy make ahead meal that always looks quite impressive. I generally make it ahead when someone is coming to stay as it’s easy to heat up when they arrive.

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Re: Fish pie

Postby Badger's mate » March 28th, 2019, 10:34 pm

It's something we always enjoy and I get told to make more often, but rarely do. This thread has reminded me to make one. My recipe is along the lines of white fish (I have used cod, haddock, coley, pollack and am about to use hake) smoked haddock, salmon & usually prawns, not usually eggs. Onion, white wine or cider, cheese and cream in the sauce, fennel or tarragon if available but not otherwise. Sometimes I add a few peas or corn kernels, but often the consumers like peas and sweetcorn as veg with it, in which case I don't bother putting them in the pie.

We've got half a sack of spuds starting to chit in the shed. I will have to increase our potato consumption to use them up - more jackets for lunch, cottage and fish pies. There's some salmon and hake in the freezer, will get some more bits for a fish pie next week. :chops:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby patpoyntz » March 29th, 2019, 7:37 am

I sometimes make JO’s ‘fantastic fish pie’ where the fish is not precooked, but put in th e dish , then the sauce is finely diced onion and carrot softened in butter, then cream, and thickened with lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Then the usual eggs and mash and cheese on top. We like it, it depends whether I have cream or not.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby patpoyntz » March 29th, 2019, 7:39 am

It has spinach in it also!
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » May 1st, 2019, 6:39 pm

Realised I hadn’t updated and just wanted to let you all know it went down very well. I didn’t use smoked fish as I thought it may be too strong for them , but used coley, salmon and prawns . Poached the fish in milk first then used that to make the sauce . I added peas to the mix , as one lady finds it more easier to eat veg in things , than to eat them separately . The mash was made with fair bit of butter and grated cheddar on top , then cooked till mash was crispy on top . I still wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole , but they enjoyed it which was the main thing :D
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Re: Fish pie

Postby earthmaiden » May 1st, 2019, 7:28 pm

Mmmmm, you don't know what you're missing! Glad it went well.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » May 1st, 2019, 8:08 pm

It's the mashed potato element, one of my dreaded foods along when the vileness of chickpeas :lol:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby liketocook » May 1st, 2019, 8:12 pm

Fish pie made with sliced cooked potato is really tasty if mash isn't your thing.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Meganthemog » May 13th, 2019, 3:49 pm

I make my fish pie topped with puff pastry - OH doesn't like mash either :lol: I wouldn't put cheese on the mash with fish :sprout:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Ratatouille » May 13th, 2019, 6:36 pm

I just don't see fish pie with pastry on top. It just has to be a lovely mash. Why don't you like mash? It's one of the essential of life
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Re: Fish pie

Postby earthmaiden » May 13th, 2019, 8:34 pm

:lol:. One man's meat ....!
Whilst I love traditional fish pie, I think that a pastry crust is delicious for a change too. The sauce goes beautifully with the pastry :chops: :chops: .
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » May 13th, 2019, 9:48 pm

Just the texture makes me gag , sane with normal boiled potatoes though new potatoes are different. For me the perfect potato had to have a crisp outside and fluffy inside . Roast potatoes done well :P
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Ratatouille » May 14th, 2019, 8:33 am

It must be my Irish ancestory because I just love potatoes any which way. The one thing i dislike is rice served with fish, excpt as kedgeree.
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Seatallan » May 14th, 2019, 11:11 am

Ratatouille wrote:I just don't see fish pie with pastry on top.


I think flaky pastry can work a treat though it depends on what the predominant mix of fish is. I agree cheese has no place in a fish pie potato topping however.

Love fish pie! :chops:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby suffolk » May 14th, 2019, 11:26 am

Seatallan wrote:... I agree cheese has no place in a fish pie potato topping however....


Hear! Hear! :tu:
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Re: Fish pie

Postby earthmaiden » May 14th, 2019, 12:58 pm

There's no need for cheese but it's very nice if some has been added! :chops:

I was brought up with plain boiled potatoes at most meals :( . I love the decadence of creamy mash, roast potatoes, chips etc ... mmm!
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Catherine » May 14th, 2019, 5:02 pm

Prettykiwicrazy wrote:Realised I hadn’t updated and just wanted to let you all know it went down very well. I didn’t use smoked fish as I thought it may be too strong for them , but used coley, salmon and prawns . Poached the fish in milk first then used that to make the sauce . I added peas to the mix , as one lady finds it more easier to eat veg in things , than to eat them separately . The mash was made with fair bit of butter and grated cheddar on top , then cooked till mash was crispy on top . I still wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole , but they enjoyed it which was the main thing :D


Sounds bloomin lovely to me, but without the cheese
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Re: Fish pie

Postby Lokelani » May 28th, 2019, 7:52 pm

I put leeks in fish pie, I've never tried putting boiled eggs in. I actually put cheese in the sauce, not the mash! Along with vermouth or whilte wine, lemon juice & mustard. I don't like salmon in it for some reason, even though I like salmon by itself, just smoked haddock & prawns. Also quite happy with mash, or sliced potatoes or puff pastry, we've tried & enjoyed them all.
Im glad this thread has reminded me to make fish pie, haven't done so for far too long. :D
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