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The best fish pie ever


Granny loves Granddad so much that she will cook him this dish even though she hates the smell of it cooking. She might moan about him sometimes and be tempted to shove him out into his shed when he gets on her nerves. But after all these years she still cooks him the fish pie that makes her gag. That's true love that is!

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  • 1Ib 4oz undyed smoked haddock fillet skinned
  • 1Ib 4oz peeled potatoes
  • 8oz washed baby spinach
  • 6 hard boiled eggs peeled and quartered
  • 300ml (10fl oz) milk
  • 2oz butter
  • 20oz flour
  • 200ml tub crème fraiche
  • salt and pepper
  • 3oz cheddar
  • juice of half a lemon


servings 6
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 25mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

pre heat the oven 200c/ 180 fan/ Gas mark 6

Step 2

Measure the milk into a saucepan and add the fish. Simmer for 3 minutes. Take out the fish and flake with a fork. Reserve the hot milk.

Step 3

Peel, cut into chunks and boil the potatoes in salty water until soft and ready to mash. Rinse twice and set aside.

Step 4

Heat a large frying pan over a high heat and cook the spinach until it wilts. Drain and press with the back of a spoon to get rid of any liquid.

Step 5

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan. whisk in the flour and cook out for one minute. Whisk in the reserved milk and the crème fraiche and bring to the boil stirring continuously until thickened. Season well

Step 6

Stir in half of the cheese , lemon juice and cooked potatoes. Stir well. Arrange six piles of spinach in the base of the dish and top with the fish and egg pieces.
Season well. Pour over the potatoes and cheese and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

Step 7

Bake for 25 minutes until golden and bubbling at the edges

Granddad says, 'It does not matter what fish is used really but its always that little bit nicer if you can buy it off the manky counter."

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