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Season: Autumn Winter 

Briddlesford Fish Pie

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

  • 50 g Briddlesford butter
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 750 ml Briddlesford whole or semi-skimmed milk
  • 25 g Briddlesford Cheddar cheese
  • 15 g Briddlesford Caerphilly cheese
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon English mustard
  • a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley , optional

For the filling:

  • 300 g skinless, boneless white fish
  • 200 g skinless boneless salmon or rainbow trout
  • 200 g skinless, boneless smoked haddock

For the topping:

  • 5 kg potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
  • 100ml Briddlesford double cream 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into 2cm chunks, then boil for around 15 minutes, or until tender. 
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the butter & 1/3 of the cheese in a heavy-bottomed pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Add the bay, then bit by bit, add the milk, stirring after every addition until you have a smooth, silky sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
  4. Stir in the mustard, grate in another 1/3 of the cheese, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Pick, finely chop and stir in the parsley (if using), then keep stirring until the cheese is melted. Season with a little black pepper, then remove from the heat.
  5. Get yourself a 25cm x 30cm baking dish. Check that there aren’t any stray bones lurking in the fish fillets, then slice into 2.5cm chunks and spread them evenly over the base of the dish.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, then pour over the white sauce and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Drain the potatoes well and mash with the greek yoghurt and double cream. Spoon the potatoes over the pie and scuff up the surface with a fork.
  8. Grate the remaining cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through, the sauce is bubbling up at the sides and the top is golden.

Briddlesford Farm Dairy bring their butter, milk, cream and range of delicious cheeses to markets throughout the county. Including Cheddar, Gouda, Caerphilly, Feta and more!

Find them regularly at our Petersfield, Emsworth and Winchester markets.

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