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.
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
- 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
- Heat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
- Cook the potatoes on a rolling boil for 20 minutes.
- Roughly chop the onion. Dice the carrots.
- 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.
- Strain the milk into a jug and set aside. Transfer the fish to an oven dish
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.