Monday, 3 December 2007

Salmon pie

Cold winter days calls for hot food. Preferably hot food that stays hot for a long time too, and pies fit the bill perfectly. Having the oven on warms up the kitchen nicely and cooking pies in individual dishes means the cookware keeps the filling piping hot long after they are served.

Salmon pie

Ingredients (serves 2):
200g salmon fillets, skinless and boneless
salt and freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
1 small leek, trimmed and finely sliced
6 large prawns or more smaller ones
80ml double cream
A small handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
2 medium baking potatoes
20ml milk

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks and simmer in a pan of boiling water for about 20 minutes or until tender. While the potatoes are cooking, season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and cook in the oven for 10 minutes.

Heat a little oil and butter in a large pan on a medium heat and saute the leeks without browning them, for about 5 minutes. Add the prawns and toss until just cooked. Put into a large pie dish or divide between two individual baking dishes. Flake the salmon fillets into the dish(es), pour in the cream, add the chopped parsley and mix gently. Season with salt and pepper.

Drain the potatoes when they are cooked. Add butter and milk and mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mashed potato on top of the salmon mixture and smooth it over using the back of a spoon. Bake the pies in the oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Sprinkle extra parsley on top and serve with a green leafy salad or steamed vegetables. We had asparagus and carrots.

The salmon can be replaced with any white fish fillets such as haddock or cod. If not using parsley, thyme and dill are other herbs that go well with fish.

Salmon pie 2


Greg said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious! I've never done a fish pie but the more I see the more I think I would just love it. Great blog. I'm a fan and have added you to my blogroll.

Nilmandra said...

Thanks greg! Always happy to share recipes and ideas. Fish pies are quite popular in England especially in seaside towns (well, along with the ubiquitous fish and chips, of course!).

Salmon and broccoli also go well together if you don't have leeks at hand. Just parboil small broccoli florets before adding to the baking dish. Some people like it with a puff pastry top but mashed potato is more traditional and I think more fulfilling, heh.

Joey said...

Would Smoked salmon work?

Nilmandra said...

Joey: I'm afraid. This pie requires chunky pieces of meat and thin slices of smoked salmon will just 'disappear'. If you can get chunky cuts of smoked haddock and other raw fish, that would work. It does not have to be salmon by the way. Chunky pieces of other fish like cod, haddock mixed with seafood like prawns will also work well.

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