FISH PIE

Yields8 Servings
 2 kg potatoes
 4 large eggs, plus 1 beaten to glaze
 12 king prawns
 1½ litres whole milk
 1 kg skinless salmon fillet
 500 g smoked kippers
 100 g butter plus 2tbsp
 60 g plain flour
 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1

preheat the oven to 190C, fan 170C, Gas 5

2

hard boil the 4 eggs, then peel and cut into quarters

3

peel the king prawns and keep a few of the heads to decorate the pie

4

heat the milk in a wide pan until just simmering; add the salmon and poach in the milk for 3 minutes, then add the smoked kippers and poach for a further 3 minutes. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon and flake into large chunks. Poach the prawns in the same milk for another 3 minutes then remove with a slotted spoon

5

pour 1 litre of the poaching milk into a jug and set the rest aside to use in the mashed potatoes

6

peel the potatoes, place in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook until very tender

7

to make the white sauce, melt the 100g butter in a pan, then add the flour and stir until smooth, cook stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Next, over a low heat, add the litre of warm milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly, until you have a rich creamy sauce. Simmer gently for 5 minutes then add the mustard and seasoning

8

when the potatoes are ready, drain very well and whilst still hot mash with the 2 tablespoons of butter until very smooth. Gradually add the hot remaining poaching milk to the potatoes and mix well. You might not need all the milk. Season to taste

9

butter a deep baking dish and spread a small amount of the white sauce on the bottom. Add the fish, prawns and the egg quarters, then the remaining white sauce. Top with the mashed potato and drag a fork across the top for decoration

10

brush very generously with beaten egg and decorate with the reserved heads of the prawns

11

bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling

12

This pie can also be served cold but I think that it tastes better piping hot

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