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Smoked haddock pie in a pie dish with a slice taken out, against a royal blue fabric background

Smoked haddock pie

Published: May 18, 2022 at 2:14 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 - 6

Make the most of seasonal Jersey Royal potatoes as well as smoked haddock and spinach in this satisfying pie – it makes an ideal summer lunch, best served alfresco

Nutrition: Per serving (6)
NutrientUnit
kcal604
fat37.7g
saturates18.5g
carbs39.2g
sugars2.2g
fibre4.1g
protein24.8g
salt1.7g
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Try this smoked haddock pie, then check out our healthy fish pie, Bombay fish pie and more pie recipes.

Recipe writer Rosie says: "With British summertime comes a host of pleasures that make spending a little extra time in the kitchen a true delight, as it precedes even more time spent outside in the warmer weather.

It’s the part of the year when moving out of the city to be by the sea with a garden feels like the best decision we ever made. (It doesn’t always feel like that – there are times in the darker months when we miss being in a big, buzzing city, being able to dive out of the rain into a café, restaurant or bar and eat food from all over the world.)

Now, when we finish work, we can walk to the beach for a swim, then have a few beers. At weekends, we throw together impromptu picnics – café-bought pastries when we’re in a hurry, or crab mayonnaise sandwiches wrapped in foil to eat on coastal walks.

It’s the perfect time to embrace native produce, from the sweetest strawberries to the tartest gooseberries, plus the first runner and broad beans – eaten young, straight from the pod – and the last of the asparagus. Jersey Royal potatoes are in there, too.

The pronounced, special flavour of these early earthy pearls has much to do with where they’re grown – on slopes strewn with local seaweed that nourishes the soil. This pie recipe combines them with gently poached smoked haddock, spinach and wild garlic – if you can find it – for a celebratory early summer lunch that’s best eaten outside with friends.

This year that will be all the more sweet as we will be introducing many of them to our new little daughter, who was born a few months ago."

Ingredients

  • 450g undyed smoked haddock
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 200g Jersey Royal or Cornish new potatoes
  • 200g spinach
  • a handful wild garlic leaves (optional)
  • a knob salted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 x 320g ready-made puff pastry sheets
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 lemon, zested, plus 1 tbsp of juice
  • a handful dill or flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Method

  • STEP 1

    Bring a pan of water to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, lower in the haddock and poach gently for 4-5 minutes or until the flesh flakes apart easily. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon and peel off the skin. With the pan of water still over a medium heat, drop the mint and a pinch of salt into the pan (don’t add too much, as the water will be salty from the fish) and return to the boil. Cook the potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until tender.

  • STEP 2

    Remove from the heat and cool the potatoes in the water. Fry the spinach and wild garlic, if using, in the butter until wilted, then cool. Squeeze out any excess water. Set aside to cool. Cut the potatoes into 1cm slices.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 with a baking tray inside to heat up. Tip the eggs into a sieve over a bowl and let any thin egg white run through. Put the strained yolks and thicker whites in a separate bowl.

  • STEP 4

    Line a 20cm pie dish with one sheet of the pastry, then trim and brush the surface with the thinner egg whites. Arrange the potatoes over the pastry in an even layer, then top with the crème fraîche. Grate over some nutmeg and spoon the spinach and wild garlic mixture on top.

  • STEP 5

    Scatter over the lemon zest and top with the flaked fish. Drizzle with the lemon juice, scatter over the herbs and make four gaps in the mixture for the eggs. Pour the eggs into the gaps and brush the edges of the pastry with the thinner whites. Cut the second pastry sheet into a lid and lay it over the top, pressing the edges together and crimping to seal. Cut a cross in the top of the pie to let out the steam, and brush with the remaining thin egg whites.

  • STEP 6

    Bake for 35 minutes, turning the pie around halfway through, until puffed and golden. Rest for 10-15 minutes, then serve warm with buttered asparagus or buttered broad beans.

Check out more of our best Jersey Royals recipes

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