Ultimate smoked fish pies
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Tamara West
Three types of smoked fish and a kumara mash topping make for gourmet comfort food. You don’t need a big serving, as smoked fish has a rich flavour, and the dish can be surprisingly filling. Serve with a big salad on the side, or plain steamed vegetables.
|¼ cup||Cheese, grated, for sprinkling|
|500 g||Golden kumara, about 1 1/2 medium, peeled and chopped|
Onion and cheese sauce
|2 Tbsp||Plain flour|
|1 cup||Cheese, grated|
|¼ cup||Parsley, chopped|
|1 tsp||Dijon mustard|
Smoked fish and silverbeet filling
Cook kumara in boiling salted water until soft (about 12 minutes). Drain and mash with butter and milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat oven to 200degC.
To make the sauce, heat oil in a frypan on medium heat; saute onion until soft (about 4 minutes). Add butter to onions, and when melted add flour and stir continuously with a wooden spoon for 1 minute to cook the flour. Add milk gradually, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps forming. Simmer, stirring continuously, until thickened (about 3-4 minutes). Mix in dijon mustard, cheese and parsley.
Wash silverbeet (leaving it a bit damp/wet will help create steam), and steam in the microwave until just wilted (about 2 minutes).
Fold smoked salmon, smoked fish, sardines and silverbeet into cheese sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper (you may not need much salt, as smoked fish can be quite salty). Divide between 4 medium-sized ramekins. Top with mashed kumara and a sprinkle of cheese. Cook in oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.