Sunday, September 21, 2008


This recipe came from a recent food magazine, and is an advertisement feature for Green Giant sweetcorn, encouraging us to use sweetcorn as one of our five-a-day.

The potato topping caught my attention. You simply put cubes of parboiled potato mixed with cheese, on top of the fish pie filling, and now, I don't think I will ever top my fish pie with mashed potato ever again!

It's recommended in the recipe to use a large 340g can of sweetcorn, that's fine if you want lots and lots of sweetcorn, but I thought a 198g can would be more sensible. Fortunately, this was the right decision and gave just the right amount of sweetcorn to the finished dish. Obviously, some frozen peas can be used instead of the sweetcorn.

If you are reading this posting son, next time you have made a fraught journey home late at night after a hard week at work, this tasty, comforting fish pie will make the journey home even more worthwhile!! PS. I haven't forgotten your request for a crumble.

Serves: 4 people

You will need: A large ovenproof buttered dish.

700g potatoes, 15g butter, 75g grated mature cheddar cheese, 300g skinless salmon fillets, 400g skinless cod (or other white fish), 6 spring onions, 198g can of sweetcorn or alternatively some frozen peas.

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.
2. Peel and chop the potatoes into small chunks. Boil for 8 minutes until tender and then drain.
3. Melt in the butter and then stir in the grated mature cheddar cheese.
4. Poach the fish for 5 minutes then cut into small chunks. Place in a buttered ovenproof dish.
5. Scatter over the spring onions and the can of drained sweetcorn, or alternatively the frozen peas.

For the sauce:

400ml semi-skimmed milk, 4 tsp cornflour, 1 tsp vegetable stock, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley.

1, Blend a little of the milk with the cornflour. Heat the rest of the milk in a pan, add 1 tsp powdered vegetable stock and when it is almost simmering, stir in the blended cornflour, until the mixture thickens. Cook over a low heat for 1 minute, then add the chopped parsley.
2. Pour the sauce over the fish. Top with the cheesy potatoes and then cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

I have been fortunate enough to be awarded some awards from my fellow food blogging friends.

My friend Jan over at What Do I Want To Cook Today has passed to me a 'Friendship' award - thank you Jan!

The 'Brillante Weblog' award has been given to me from Jan of What Do I Want To Cook Today - once again, many thanks Jan! Also the same award from Rosie of Rosie Bakes a 'Peace' of Cake, and Cakelaw of Laws of the Kitchen - to both of you thank you.

I am passing the above two awards to all the food bloggers who have visited my site over the last two years - thank you.


Antonia said...

I love fish pie in almost any form. I like the sound of this unusual topping though - bet it was delicious!

Jules said...

This looks really delicious. I like the potato topping idea.

Jan said...

I saw Jan's post about your get together, and I'm so glad I decided to pop round. I love fish pie, and yours looks super. I really must try it with this sort of topping instead of mash.

Happy cook said...

I ha&ve never had fish pie this looks so good, would love to give it a try

Jan said...

You deserve the awards Maggie!
I'm loving that fish pie - YUMO!
I think you did right with amount of sweetcorn, as it would have been too much in one pie.
PS; I bet your son will be on a train home this week!

Maria said...

Oh yum this fish pie looks so good!

Congrats on your awards and you have another award waiting for you to collect at my blog ;o)


Dee said...

Yummy. I'm almost embarassed to say I've never baked a fish pie - I'm not sure why. I guess I'm afraid I'm ruin the fish, but you make it seem so easy. I love the potato chunks on top too!

Congrats on your truly well-deserved awards, Margaret!

The Caked Crusader said...

what a beautiful pie - it looks so wholesome!

Zita said... pie, your's looks so delish, I think I know what's for dinner tonight ;)

Margaret said...

Zita - Thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment.
I hope that you enjoy the fish pie!

Kelly-Jane said...

Looks very good indeed :)

Margaret said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

Rosie said...

M what a beautiful fish pie such comfort food for the cooler evening to sit and tuck into!!

Many congrats on your awards so well deserved!!

Rosie x

We Are Never Full said...

ohhh, fish pie. this is something my british husband introduced me to. americans, i feel, would be turned off by the 'name' but i know one taste would turn them around. it is delicious and this one looks wonderful!