English Fish Pie
Andy Anderson !
I won’t go so far as to use words, like traditional, or authentic; however, I do remember a lot of Brits stop and tell me that it was very similar to the fare that they got in the pubs over the Pond.
16 ozskinless white fish (cod, haddock, and the like)
16 ozskinless smoked haddock fillet
20 ozmilk, whole
1 mediumyellow onion, outer skin removed, quartered pole to pole, and then cut in half
2 mediumbay leaves
4 mediumeggs, hard boiled
2 Tbspfresh parsley, chopped
4 Tbspsweet butter, salted
1/2 cflour, all purpose
·salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/8 tspnutmeg, freshly grated
2 lbgolden yellow potatoes
3 ozextra sharp cheddar, grated
How to Make English Fish Pie
- Everyone has their own way of making mash potatoes; but the one thing we all have to do is boil the taters. So, get yourself a large pot, and put the golden yellow taters on the boil.
- Add the onion, and the bay leaves, and keep on the simmer for about 8 minutes.
- After eight minutes, remove the fish, and then strain the poaching liquid into a bowl, and allow to cool, while you work on the rest of dish. Discard the solids.
- Chef's Note: I was looking over my old notes on this recipe, and I have a suggestion. Instead of buying skinless white fish, buy it with the skin on. Then after 8 minutes, remove the fish, and flake the meat off of the skin… return the skin to the poaching liquid and allow to simmer for an additional 8 minutes. Then discard the skin, and continue with the recipe.
- Flake the white fish, and the smoked haddock, and place into the bottom of a baking dish.
- Slice the hard boiled eggs into quarters, and then arrange them on top of the fish.
- Pour the sauce over the fish in the baking dish.
- Top the fish pie with the mashed potatoes, and then sprinkle with the cheese.
- Have fun with this dish, and even try other types of fish. For example, you could add some shrimp… But it you do, don't poach them with the fish… add them raw to the top of the dish, before adding the potatoes, and then bake. Or, how about the addition of some nice peas… I like peas with this dish.
Or, maybe go 50/50 with half golden yellow potatoes, and half sweet potatoes.