fish pie with spinach
Basic ingredients for fish pie with spinach
- 600g fresh smoked fish or 2 x cans of freshly smoked fish
- 1 dozen shrimps, heads and tails removed
- 4 eggs, cooked and shelled (we love Woodland)
- 500ml blue top milk
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 1 kg floury potatoes, peeled, cut into even-sized chunks
- 50g grated delicious cheddar cheese
- Optional (to Serve): – Green Beans, steamed Olivado Extra Virgin Olive oil 1/2 cup slivered nuts
- Feta Cheese Cooking
How to make fish pie with spinach
- Heat oven to 200C (fan bake 180C).
- Place your smoked fish in a large rectangular baking dish that is oven-proof. Make sure to check for bones. Sprinkle the prawns on top.
- The boiled eggs can be cut into quarters, placed on top of the fish, and then sprinkle with chopped onion and fresh parsley.
- Make the bechamel sauce by melting half of the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour, and cook for about 1 minute on moderate heat.
- Turn off the heat and add a small amount of milk. Stir until well blended. Continue adding the milk slowly, stirring well until you get a smooth sauce.
- After this, Bring the sauce back to a boil, and continue to cook for five minutes stirring constantly until it coats a spoon. After this, Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Then, pour the fish and prawns over the saucepan.
- The mash topping: Boil the potatoes for 20 min. Season, drain, and then mash the potatoes with the milk and remaining butter. To top the pie, start at the edges and work your way inwards – push the mash to the edges to seal. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with sauteed green beans, olive oil, slivered almonds, and crumbled feta.
- Tips: You can omit the prawns. Easy boiled eggs: Bring a small saucepan of water to a gentle simmer, and then gently lower the eggs in with an offset spoon.
- Bring the water to a gentle boil with only a few bubbles at the surface. Cook for 8 minutes, drain and then cool in a bowl with cold water. Try salmon and dill for something different.
- Replace the smoked fish fillets with 400g skinless salmon filets and substitute dill for the parsley. You can also try fish and vegetables: Before adding the sauce to the baking dish, add 100g each of sweetcorn and frozen peas. Silverbeet,
- spring onions, and chives can also be added. You can omit eggs and substitute spinach for the egg-free option (as shown in the picture). You are free to experiment! You can make the recipe up to one day in advance. Cover, chill and bake for 40 minutes.