Fish Pie with Cheats Cheese & Mustard Mash Topping

The whole family loves fish pie, but sometimes I dont have the time or the inclination to make fresh mash from scratch, so this is my quick cheat's topping and it works quite well.



1. For the filling, pour milk into a large saucepan, add onion and bayleaves, season with salt and pepper.

2. Put fish pieces into pan and bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Remove pan from the heat and leave to stand for 20 minutes.

4. Strain into a jug through a sieve.

5. Melt butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the flour to make a roux. Gradully add the milk, stirring constantly, then simmer over a medium heat until the sauce is smooth and thick. Stir in frozen peas and season with salt and pepper.

6. Spread a third of the sauce into a large high sided baking dish and flake half the fish pieces over the sauce, discarding the onion and bayleaves.

7. Scatter half the prawns over the fish and pour over another third of the sauce. Repeat this, finishing with the final third of the sauce.


Make up the instant mash according to instructions. Add the butter, milk , 2 thirds of the grated cheese & mustard. Mix together thoroughly and spread over the top of the fish mix. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake in centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden.

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