A very special fish pie that is sure to please everyone. The recipe uses a mixture of white fish, seafood and vegetables in a quick white sauce, topped with a golden turmeric potato pastry crust.
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150 g plain flour
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
100 g mashed potato
100 g margarine, chilled and diced
1 tablespoon low-fat milk, to glaze
1 tablespoon dried breadcrumbs
400 g skinless white fish fillets
200 g peeled prawns or seafood mixture (including mussels and squid)
2 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
150 g frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 lemon, zest grated
30 g cornflour
500 ml fresh milk
Directions Prep:35min › Cook:25min › Extra time:30min › Ready in:1hr30min
First make the pastry. Sift the flour and turmeric into a bowl and, using a fork, mix with the mashed potato until blended. Rub in the spread, then draw together into a dough, adding trickles of cold water if necessary to bind the dough together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Cut the fish into small chunks and put into a pie dish of about 1.25 litre capacity. Mix in the prawns or seafood, leeks, peas, parsley, thyme and lemon zest.
Blend the cornflour with a little of the milk in a bowl. Heat the rest of the milk until it is almost at boiling point, then stir it into the cornflour paste. Return the mixture to the pan and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Season to taste and pour over the fish filling. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Roll out the potato pastry between two large sheets of plastic wrap to about the size and shape of the top of the pie dish. Remove the top sheet of plastic and use the second sheet to help you lay the pastry on top of the filling. Remove the sheet of plastic wrap.
Press and trim the pastry edges to neaten, and make a small slash in the centre of the lid to allow steam to escape. Brush the pastry with the milk, then sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs. Place the pie dish on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for a further 15 minutes until golden on top.