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Good Friday Fish Pie

A really satisfying Good Friday supper traditionally enjoyed by fishermen and their families.

Ingredients

1lb (450g) cod or haddock fillets
1pint (600ml) milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 oz (40g) butter
1 oz (40g) plain flour
3 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
2lb (900g) potatoes
A little cream or milk
1-2oz (25-50g) butter
4oz (100g) grated cheese


Method

Preheat the oven to 375ºF, Gas Mark 5, 190ºC.


Put the fish in an ovenproof dish and pour over the milk.


Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes before flaking fish Strain the milk from the fish and reserve some for the sauce. Put the flaked fish back into bowl.


In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add flour and mix well. Let the mixture bubble gently for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and add milk stock, parsley, salt and pepper to taste Bring back to the boil, stirring continually until sauce thickens. Pour over the fish. Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and mash with a little milk or cream, butter and pepper. Cover the fish with mashed potato and smooth over with a fork.


Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake for 20-25 minutes until top is golden. Serve with fresh garden peas.

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