Thursday, 1 March 2012

Cheats Luxury Fish Pie

This homemade pie uses a really quick all-in-one white wine sauce and shop bought frozen mashed potatoes! I'm all for home made dinners but I am also practical and if time is against you then this "cheats" luxury fish pie should meet all your requirements. I think it is practical to regularly buy frozen mash for this pie or any potato topped pie, because I think that you've the done enough hard work making the filling. I regularly stock my freezer with cooked chicken strips, frozen mash, tortilla wraps and naan bread for evenings when a really quick meal is needed. My personal favourite quick meals are Chicken Fajita Wraps or Speedy Naan Pizza, these are quicker than ordering out or the frozen alternative.

Serves 4

230ml Cream
180ml White Wine
3g Salt
15g Plain flour
1tbsp Dried parsley
200g-250g Large cooked prawns
500g White Fish (Cod, whiting or haddock), cut into bite sized pieces.
4 Hard boiled eggs, shelled and quartered
600g - 700g Bag mashed potatoes, defrosted
75g Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Place the cream, wine, salt, flour and parsley in a large saucepan over a medium heat.

Whisk until the sauce comes to the boil and thickens, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add the prawns and fish into the sauce and return to the boil, continue stirring so the sauce doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. 

Cook for 5-6 minutes, remove from the heat. Place half of the quartered hard boiled eggs into a 22cm x 22cm ovenproof deep dish, pour over the fish mixture and top with the remaining eggs.

 Arrange the defrosted potatoes over the top of the pie.

I imagine that frozen mashed potatoes come in different forms so plenty of grated cheese will cover your cheating!

Use your favourite cheese and grate coarsely.

Bake for 30 minutes until piping hot and golden.

Bubbly and delicious.

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