May 21, 2010

Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie

I made fish pie last night for dinner and I have to say that fish pie has a bad rep in North America. I'm used to fish pie because my Mom makes it all the time. My parents were born in England, so the English tradition of hearty pies and simple (but sometimes bland) food has been passed down to me.

Fish pie is a traditional English dish usually made with white bechamel sauce and potatoes. It's kind of like a mix between Chicken Pot Pie and Sheperd's Pie, but with fish.

I know some people hate seafood -- and the name, "fish pie" doesn't sound that appetizing-- but I think potatoes, cheese and fish is a wonderful, hearty combination. Jamie Oliver agrees with me and I loved his simple, light recipe for the pie. Full recipe here.

Check out this photo montage of him making fish pie:


First, grate the vegetables and cheese into a dish. The recipe called for carrots and celery, but I used zucchini and onions instead:


Then, drizzle the fish with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper:


 Put the fish into the dish and top with spinach or tomatoes. Then, top everything with the mashed potatoes and grate a little more cheese on:


Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes until the fish is cooked and the top is golden brown and crispy...like this:

Jamie suggests serving with ketchup, baked beans, steamed vegetables or a green salad. I like mine with just ketchup. Delicious!

 

Last night I went out for a few hours and when I came back, most of the pie was gone. 

I think, instead of a Food Revolution, Jamie Oliver and I should start a "Fish Revolution" to get North Americans keen on fish pie.

If you haven't checked out Jamie Oliver's petition or his Food revolution, read more here.

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