Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Fisherman's Pie



When I mentioned to a friend earlier today that Tom was making Fisherman's Pie for dinner, I got a very strange reaction. While I'm tempted to say, yes, it's just like Shepherd's Pie, but now that shepherds are an endangered species, and fishermen are all out of work it's easy to pick up fresh ones.......no, the whole point of this is that IT HAS FISH IN IT. Silly person.

There are no hard and fast rules with this sort of dish. But I've had various types over the years, and frankly, mine's best. So do this.

First bake some fish. Doesn't matter what kind. You'll need about 1kg for 6 people or thereabouts. Or more. Go right ahead if you have more. Fish shrinks when baked. Season it, shove it in the oven. Done. Or you could grill it. You could pan fry it. You could get a dragon to breath on it. As you wish. IT DOESN'T MATTER - so long as it's cooked.

Then, make some mashed potato. I just taught you about potatoes. Use mealy ones. Or if you don't have mealy ones use the other sort. But do use potatoes. Not bananas. That won't work.

Now then. You have some cooked fish, and you have some mashed potatoes. You COULD just put the one on top of the other, and bake it. I have seen this done, and it's perfectly edible. Enjoyable even. Nothing wrong with simple food.

But here's how to make it fit for a king. Get some fish stock. If you don't know how to make fish stock, ask me. Then, make a roux sauce (likewise), and use half milk (or even cream if you are feeling really decadent) and half fish stock. Mix that in with the fish. Add some gently sautéed onions (or leeks, or shallots) and mushrooms if you like. Then add herbs. Now this is where your personal preference really shows. Parsley, definitely. Then whatever. Do you like dill with fish? Add dill. Do you like thyme? I do. Use what YOU like. Then add copious amounts of black pepper. Garlic is optional (I don't). Mix that all in.

So now you have fish AND a yummy sauce under the mashed potato. Bake it, and/or grill/broil it so the top is browned and crispy. (You can add cheese to the potato if you like).

Serve this with salad and/or peas, and the fish lovers in your family will love you.






12 comments:

  1. Oh, excellent! I shall keep the fire-breathing dragon method of cooking fish for when I'm feeling especially feisty and in need of a good workout! I do like the sauce idea with the bit of stuff inserted (not just the plain, ol' fish). And yes, Cheese would add even more "yum" to it.

    I hope all those fishermen come out from hiding for this. I know I would. ;) ~ Blessings!

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  2. How about Stargazy Pie? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargazy_pie)

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    1. I like pilchards, but I have to be honest and say that doesn't appeal to me.

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  3. It's extra luscious if you mix your fish up a bit and use two or three different types - and prawns (even frozen ones - defrosted) are great, too. :)

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    1. Oh gosh yes. You could totally be creative.

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  4. Oh! Thank you for including Rhubarb & Ginger on your blogroll - I just noticed! :D

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  5. I have never considered this combination before. I've never even heard of fisherman's pie.

    I have to say, it doesn't sound appealing, but I'll try anything once.

    Yes, please, do a blog on fish stock.

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    1. The question is, do you love fish? I will eat anything that swims, it's awfully hard to find a fish dish I don't like.

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    2. I do love fish. We eat it very rarely, though since the rest of the family is iffy on it, and my husband has to be in a very specific mood for it.

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    3. This may not be a dish for your family then. Martin craves it and will do anything for it. Anything. We are serious fish-eaters here, we've even got Tyler to eat this, and he's not keen on fish. But we're working on him. He'll eat jambalaya too.

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  6. Looks like a nice variation on a familiar theme. We eat a lot of fish.

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