Fish pie – a nice one!

I am grew up eating fish pie, my parents both make a white sauce number complete with mash spuds and half boiled eggs in the mix. Everyone in my family loves it but for some reason, it just didn’t do it for me.  So I thought I didn’t like fish pie.  Turns out I just hadn’t had the fish pie of my dreams yet.

This slightly modified Jamie Oliver recipe takes a bit of prep but is utterly worth the veggie grating and the lemon squeezing.  It’s super healthy, and if you’re on a wheat, sugar free or candida diet – it’s a great, tasty evening meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg potatoes for mashing
  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 150g  cheese (swap cow for goat cheese if you’re on the candida diet)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 600 g fish, I like it with salmon but you can use any kind, some of the supermarkets do a very reasonable fish pie mix
  • 1 good handful spinach
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • Creme fraiche or yoghurt (swap out for goat yoghurt for candida diet)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • ½ chopped fresh red chilli, or a pinch of dried chilli flakes.

Method

Mashed potatoes – the topping of your pie is mashed tatties so chop up your potatoes and boil with a pinch of salt in the pan.  Stick these on to boil first so by the time the rest of the pie is assembled, you’re ready to mash the potatoes.

Also, put the oven on to heat up to 200 degrees centigrade.

Peel and grate your carrot and celery sticks and place into a oven proof dish, throw in your chopped up fish pieces with a good handful of washed spinach. Wash your cherry tomatoes, cut them in half and add to the dish.

Now grate the cheese and add about two thirds to the dish and add in a small pot of plain yoghurt or creme fraiche.  Next, zest your lemon, cut in half and add the juice to the mix.  Finally add a pinch of salt, a grind or sprinkle of black pepper, a swig of olive oil and your chilli. Mix everything up with your fingers and make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed in together.

Once your potatoes are boiled, mashed them up with a knob of butter and a wee sprinkle of salt. I also add in a tiny bit of milk (goat if you want to follow the candida diet) to make the mash mega creamy.  Now cover your dish with the mash and add the last third of your grated cheese on top and get this treat in the oven for half an hour or until the cheese on top starts to bubble and turn golden brown.

Serve this meal with salad, steamed veg or baked beans for a really yum week day tea. Enjoy!