This recipe has been handed down to me by my mum and each time we add something to it to make it our own. This is something I make when I have a fair amount of time as it can take a little time to make (especially if you make the pastry yourself).
What I love about this pie is that it is jam packed full with ingredients and so you only need a small amount of it before you are full. Paired with mini roast potatoes and fresh veg this is a great dish for a cold winters day, it’s warming and filling and that’s exactly what you need when you have hungry mouths to feed that never seem to be full.
I recommend you make the filling for this pie the day before you are going to cook it as that ensures that the meat is infused with the different flavours, making for a tastier dish that you just won’t be able to resist.
4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
100g cooked ham
150ml double cream
75ml chicken gravy
2 tbsp fresh tarragon
1 tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp english mustard
250g ready rolled puff pastry
1 med egg beaten
Put chicken, ham, cream, gravy, tarragon, cornflour, mustard and pepper in a large bowl.
Leave to marinate over night
Spoon filling into a shallow baking dish.
cover with pastry, trim to fit
brush with beaten egg
cook for 30-35mins
serve hot with veg and potatoes.
You can also blind bake some puff pastry with baking beads for about 10 mins before putting the filling inside it. This makes it a bit more of a traditional pie, rather than a hot pot with a topping.
A Fish Pie is full of protein, veg and yummy goodness. This is something that my dad used to make all the time when I was little, and when I asked him where he got the recipe from he told me it was from my nan.
Since having the recipe I have adapted it and moulded it to my tastes and to something that my little one is more likely to eat. I have now got my fish pie to an almost perfect state, but I know it is missing something, and I hope to one day find out what that is and then share it with you.
For the Mash
5 med potatoes
ground black pepper
For the Filling
Fish pie mix (defrosted)
2 cups milk
2 tsp cornflour
3 hard boiled eggs (cut into 4)
1 tbsp parsley
2 cups of frozen peas
A knob of butter
Pinch of pepper
As I said at the beginning of this post there is something missing from this ingredients list and I still haven’t worked out what it is. But that’s what cooking is isn’t it? one big experiment with food.
Peel and chop the potatoes into small pieces. Put them on to boil.
Boil the eggs for 12 mins ~(to get hard boiled)
Once boiled leave the eggs to cool for 10mins then peel and cut into 4 pieces
Once the potatoes are soft drain the water and add a knob of butter and splash of milk
mash the potatoes and add more milk or butter to the consistency you like, set aside for later
Pour a cup of milk into a pan and bring to boil.
Add the fish, let simmer for around 5-10 mins.
remove fish and add flour and parsley to the milk, mix well until smooth and it thickens
add in the peas, simmer until they are heated through
add in fish, and eggs
set into a pie dish (I used a lasagne dish)
layer the mashed potato on top, run a fork in the potato to make ridges
top with cheese
bake in the oven at 200c for 25-30 mins or until golden brown
Serve with veg of your choice.
This is dish very simple to make but does require a bit of your time, however if you have older children they could help you make the sauce or for a better result prepare the filling the night before you wish to make the pie so that the flavours are really infused.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, if you have any ideas on what could be missing please let me know.