RNLI Fish Supper: Simple Fish Pie

Classic Fish Pie Recipe

Classic Fish Pie Recipe

If you read my post on the RNLI you’ll know that I recently visited the RNLI Training College in Poole, Dorset. I was there to find out a bit more about what the army of thousands of volunteers who run this organisation do on a daily basis. The aim was to raise awareness of the RNLI Fish Supper evening running this October, you can find out more about the evening here.

Fish Pie Mix

Fish Pie Mix

To host a Fish Supper, you’ll need some fishy recipes and I thought I would share a really simple one which is easy to prepare but will still be a show stopper with your guests – a classic fish pie. The worst thing with a dinner party is ending up spending half your evening in the kitchen preparing food for your guests. A fish pie is fantastic dish for a dinner party as you can prepare it in advance and then pop it in the oven in time for your guests on the evening.

Classic Fish Pie Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1kg potatoes
  • 800g mixed fish
  • 600ml milk
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 4 bay leaves
  • bunch parsley
  • 100g butter + more for topping
  • 50g flour
  • 100g cheese
  • 25g chives
  • 2 carrots
  1. Heat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
  2. Cook the potatoes on a rolling boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the onion. Dice the carrots.
  4. Add to a saucepan with the bay leaves, cloves, nutmeg and fish pie mix. Pour over 500ml of milk (reserving the rest). Bring to the boil, then poach for 8 minutes on a simmer.
  5. Strain the milk into a jug and set aside. Transfer the fish to an oven dish
  6. To make the sauce. Melt 50g of the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute on a moderate heat. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the poaching milk. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. When at your desired consistency, pour the sauce over the fish. Top with the chopped chives and parsley.
  7. Mash the potatoes with the remaining butter and milk. Dollop the mash around the edges making sure to seal it with the dish then work inwards.
  8. Scatter with cheese, and little shavings of butter. Bake for 30 minutes in the centre of the oven.

The RNLI Fish Supper runs from 9-11 October 2015. Bring some friends together, take some time out and raise money for the charity which saves lives at sea.

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