Friday, February 1, 2013

Cheesy Haddock Pie

 Been feeling like haddock pie again... So decided to try something different...I made 2 pies, one I put the puff pastry underneath and one on top...just for fun... 
very delicious and got thumbs up from all family members. 
The filling has a very light 'n fluffy taste and feel due to the beaten egg whites...
give it a try!

You will need:
approx 400g smoked haddock (skinless, deboned and smoked!)
 spring onions (i used a whole packet bought from Woolworth's - salad onions!)
8 potatoes - peeled and cubed
900ml milk
200 ml milk
4 eggs
4 Tblsp mazina (cornflour)
 couple of squeezes of lemon
approx 140gr of cheddar cheese (more if you like a really cheesy taste!)
pinch seasoning
salt n pepper
roll puff pastry - ready made ;-)

pastry underneath
  Chop the onions and put into a large pot with a drizzle of olive oil, and simmer...
while peeling potatoes...cube the potatoes into small bite size pieces and add to the pot, 
saute with the onions. 
Add the haddock and 900ml of milk, some salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of seasoning,
I always use this stock powder for seasoning. 
Let this simmer away for a while, until potatoes are cooked - keep an eye on this, you don't want the potatoes to be mash!! 
Separate the eggs, add the 200ml of milk and 4 Tablespoons of mazina (cornflour) 
to the egg yolks and beat well. 
Beat the egg whites till stiff. 
Grate the cheese.
Add a few spoons of the warm milk from the pot to the egg yolk mixture, then add to the pot...
stir and it will become thick and creamy, add the lemon juice and cheese - check if it needs a little more salt and pepper. 
Take off the stove and fold in the egg whites. 
Spoon the mixture into a pie dish that has been lined with ready made puff pastry...or spoon into an oven dish and then cover with ready made puff pastry (give the pastry an egg wash with some egg that had been beaten and a pastry brush!)...
either way this is delicious...
Bake in over at 180 degrees Celsius until tops are browned...

pastry on top with egg wash
 Serve with a blanched mixture of fresh veggies...

(I initially thought, this is a pretty expensive pie, due to all the ingredients and milk but as you can see it made 2 big pies, so 2 dinners for our family, plus left over for my rocks lunch!!)


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