Recipe: Luxury love-themed fish pie


These delicious pies are made with soft fillets of plaice bathed in
a creamy cheese sauce and topped with smooth mashed potato.

✦ Put the potatoes in a pan of cold water, cover and bring to the boil.
Simmer until tender (about 15 minutes), then drain and stir in 10g of
the butter and a splash of milk. Season well and mash until smooth.

✦ Melt the remaining butter in a pan over a low heat and stir in the flour.
Cook for 1 minute, then take the pan off the heat and slowly stir in the
rest of the milk. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring
constantly. Simmer for a few minutes, until thickened, then stir in the
Parmesan, cream and spinach. Take the pan off the heat.

✦ Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan/Gas 5. Season the fish, roll them
up and place in the pie dishes. Cover with the sauce, spoon mash over
the top and shape the surface into fish scales using the tip of a knife.

✦ Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden and hot all the way through.

Recipe courtesy of Heart on a Plate by Emma Marsden

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Serves 2

3 medium potatoes
(about 300g), chopped

30g butter

200ml milk, plus extra for the mash

15g flour

25g Parmesan

50ml double cream

Large handful of spinach

300g plaice fillets, skinned

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 x 300ml heart-shaped pie dishes
or 1 x 600ml pie dish

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