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Fish pie with soufflé crouton topping

Fish pie with soufflé crouton topping

A classic pie of fish in white sauce, topped with a simple bread and soufflé style topping.

Equipment: You will need a 1.5 litre/2½ pint shallow, wide-based, ovenproof dish.

Ingredients

  • 40g/1½oz butter

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced

  • 30g/1oz flour

  • 300ml/½ pint hot milk

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 250g/9oz fresh haddock, skinned and cut into evenly sized cubes

  • 250g/9oz undyed smoked haddock, skinned and cut into evenly sized cubes

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, each cut into eight wedges

For the soufflé topping

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. To make the fish pie, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the leeks and gently soften over a low heat until completely tender but not coloured.

  3. Sprinkle in the flour and stir over a high heat for a minute. Gradually pour in the hot milk, stirring all the time until the sauce is smooth, thick and has come to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the chopped dill, lemon juice, fish and season with salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes, stirring. Remove from the heat and add the eggs.

  4. Spoon into a 1.5 litre/2½ pint shallow wide-based ovenproof dish. Level the top and set aside until cold. Cover and chill in the fridge for about an hour or until firm.

  5. To make the soufflé topping, remove the crusts from the loaf and discard. Cut into five slices then cut each slice into small cubes (about 1.5cm/¾in across). You will need 150g/5½oz of bread cubes.

  6. Add the cream cheese, butter and cheddar to a saucepan, melt over a low heat until runny (the mixture may look curdled but do not worry). Set aside for a moment.

  7. Whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed, then fold into the cheese mixture in the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper and carefully stir. Stir in the bread cubes so they are all coated in the mixture. Spoon on top of the fish mixture so the cubes are in a single layer.

  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden-brown and bubbling. If it is getting too brown cover it with foil and continue to bake.

  9. Leave to stand for five minutes then serve with salad or green vegetables.

Less than 30 mins preparation time

1 to 2 hours cooking time

Serves 4

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