I’ve never been a cooks cook, I can rustle up a decent diner and feed the family, but I am not a natural in the kitchen and certainly won’t be applying for masterchef anytime soon. Prior to having babies I used to dedicate a bit more time to it and you might get an exciting meal, nowadays it is all about convenience. With two under two spending ages faffing about in the kitchen just isn’t happening, not without a scream off or tantrum gate. I am however conscious I want the family to eat a nutritious, balanced and healthy meal so finding the line between convenience and wholesome can often be tricky.
One meal that I have found that seems to tick all the above boxes is fish pie. My kids absolutely adore fish pie and I have played around with an old family recipe to make it child, or well baby friendly. So please forgive the lack of salt and other such condiments which would normally be added, it was made with the little ones in mind. You could of course always add this yourself.
A word of warning this isn’t a recipe from a book so measurements have never really been followed, that being said I made this today and for the purpose of the blog I weighed out and carefully noted how much of each ingredient I was using.
On a final note, this meal is perfect for babies as it is contains veg, fish, potato and dairy, lots of food groups there. I tend to add extra milk and butter to my mash (and extra cheese to the sauce) as my little boy has ongoing weight issues and we are all about fortifying his meals with extra calories, as per medical instruction. Whether you to choose to do this is up to you.
So what you will need for the fish pie
- 3 medium sweet potatoes and 2 medium-sized white potatoes
- 1 fish pie mix – usually includes salmon, haddock and smoked haddock
- 30g of butter
- 30g flour
- 3 spring onions
- frozen peas
- frozen sweetcorn
- 400ml milk (I use full fat, for the weight issues mentioned above)
- Handful of cheese (stronger the better)
- Medium sized oven proof dish.
How you do it
- Pre-heat oven to 200c or 180c if using a fan oven.
- Peel potatoes, add to saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil. Boil until soft. Mash potatoes adding a splash of milk and knob butter.
Whilst potatoes are boiling you can prepare the filling
- Melt butter in pan, mix in flour and spring onions. You will need to stir regularly, I find a balloon whisk works rearly well for this, but really any old whisk will do.
- After about 1 minute, start adding milk. Stir milk in, and add fish, sweetcorn and peas.
- Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking to the pan. I also add a small amount cheese at this point but that entirely optional.
Once potatoes mashed and filling cooked
- Transfer filling into over proof dish.
- Spoon mash onto the on top.
- Add cheese on top.
- put into over for 20-25 minutes (I usually find 25 minutes gives it a nice golden colour).
Et voila you have yourself a fish pie packed with goodies, all in just a few easy steps.
This recipe makes a good helping of pie so if you’re not all sitting down to tuck into it as your family meal, then it is great to decanter into Tupperware and freeze for future meals for the littles ones.