I love me a fish pie - huge chunks of fish, creamy glossy sauce, flavoursome leeks and mounds of mash potato. It's a dreamy British staple but it's not dreamy to the waistband and it also doesn't lend itself that well to the summer days that are creeping up on us. In my quest to find an alternative I came up with this dish - Fish Pie Parcels. You may not think the use of pastry is particularly healthy but I am using filo pastry and a few sheets go a long way....Use what ever combination of fish you desire and for heaven's sake make sure you keep an eye on the oven - as you can see from the photos i left mine in a couple of minutes too long. but I am no professional, these are my recipes and little slip ups sometimes happen! It still tasted great and that's all that matters to me and that's all that should matter to you - relax and just give the recipe a go!
Fish Pie Parcels
2 leeks, finely sliced
couple of splashes of white wine
500g fish - I used large chunks of smoked haddock, cod, salmon and raw prawns
4 tbsp creme fraiche
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
in a pan cook your leeks with a small amount of butter and a couple of splashes of wine, once soft remove from pan. add in the milk, bay leaf and the fish and put the lid on the pan, allow the fish to stand for 5 minutes until it is almost cooked through. remove the fish, give it a little season and then set aside. mix the creme fraiche with the lemon juice and mustard and then season. lay out a sheet of filo pastry, brush with melted butter, place another sheet over and then repeat the process - i used three sheets for one parcel and four for another - I didn't make much difference and two would be fine I'm sure. in the middle of the square place a couple of spoonfuls of the leeks then a spoonful of the creme fraiche and then add half the fish and top with another spoonful of creme fraiche. bring up the sides of pastry and twist the top so you have a parcel. repeat the process. brush the two parcels with egg wash and place on a baking tray. cook at a moderate to high heat for around 30 minutes or until the pastry is nicely golden. serve with vegetables or a salad.