Fish Pie

Serves 4

FISH PIE (Classic Comfort Food From The UK)
Level Of Difficulty: Easy
Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2 Hours

1 Small Onion, Thickly Sliced
2 Cloves
1 Bay Leaf
2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Half & Half
1 Lb Skinned Cod Fillet
1/2 Lb Smoked Cod Fillet (Or Smoked Salmon Fillet
Skin On)
4 Eggs (Hard Boiled)
3-4 Oz Butter
3 Tbsp Plain Flour
5 Tbsp Chopped Flat-Leaf Parsley
Pinch Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 1/2 Lbs Peeled Floury Potatoes, Such As King Edwards Or Maris Piper
1 Egg Yolk
Sea Salt And Freshly Ground White Pepper

stud a couple of the onion slices with the cloves. Put the onion slices in a large pan with the bay leaf, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of half & half, cod and smoked cod or salmon . Bring just to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Lift the fish out on to a plate and strain the cooking liquor into a jug. When the fish is cool enough to handle, break it into large flakes, discarding the skin and bones. Sprinkle it over the base of a shallow 3 pints ovenproof dish.

Hard-boil the eggs for just 8 minutes, then drain and leave to cool. Peel and cut them into chunky slices and arrange on top of the fish.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the reserved cooking liquor. Return it to the heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time. Leave it to simmer gently for 10 minutes to cook out the flour. Remove from the heat once more, stir in the parsley and season with nutmeg, salt and white pepper. Pour the sauce over the fish and leave to cool. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Drain, mash and add the rest of the butter and the egg yolk. Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Beat in enough of the remaining milk to form a soft, spreadable mash. Or you can used pre-made mashed potatoes (need about 2 cups) add the egg for richness.

Preheat the oven to 390f. Spoon the potato over the filling and mark the surface with a fork. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until piping hot and golden brown.

Cook's Notes:
Try Making This With Smoked Salmon
Use Prepared Mashed Potatoes (Add 1 Egg)
Add 1 Lb. Bay Scallops To The 2 Fishes