Winter Fish Pie

This winter fish pie is perfect for cosy nights in beside the fire – heartwarming comfort food at it’s best!fish pie 6
Ingredients and Method for one large pie – serving 3-4 people:

For the mashed potatoes:

4 large potatoes
2 cups of rock salt
2 large eggs
100g salted butter cubed
Salt and white pepper for seasoning

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180oc. Place the rock salt onto a tray.
Place the whole potatoes onto the salt and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until soft.
Remove from the oven and cut potatoes in half before pressing through a tamis or a sieve into a bowl.
Scrape the potato off the bottom of the sieve and discard the skins.
Add the cubed butter and stir to incorporate fully. Add the seasoning and taste before adding in the egg. Reserve some egg mix for later.
Keep the mash aside until the fish pie mix is made.fish pie fish pie 2 fishpie 3For the fish pie filling:

400g SASSI green list fish of your choice (I used fresh snoek; deskinned, deboned and cubed)
100g Haddock
40g Flour
300g Shelled, deveined prawns
1 large onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 cup dry white wine
20g each fresh dill, Italian parsley, fennel tops, tarragon
4 bay leaves
A handful of asparagus/broccoli/sugar snap peas
500ml cream
A pinch of sugar

Method:
In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt butter. Add in the onions and garlic and let them sweat. Once the onion is soft, add in the flour and the bay leaves and stir to combine. Add the white wine and cook out before adding in the fish.
Chop up the dill, parsley, fennel and tarragon to form a mixture.
Season the fish with a little salt and white pepper then add the cream and half of the herb mixture. Let the fish cook through before adding the prawns and the vegetables. Adjust the mixture with more cream or milk if necessary, but remember the prawns will let out water, especially if previously frozen.
Once the vegetables are tender, add the remaining herbs and a pinch of sugar, then season to taste.
Place the mixture into an oven proof container. Place the mashed potato into a piping bag and pipe over the fish mix, or alternatively, just spoon it over the top.
Brush some of the reserved egg on top and place in the oven until browned at 180oc.
Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon and some fresh dill.fishpie 4 fish pie 5 fish pie 8fish pie 9

Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

Author: Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

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