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    Cauliflower & smoked fish pie with crispy crumbs

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 75 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes 60 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 4 - 6


    1 large cauliflower
    300g Maris Piper potatoes, cut into chunks
    40g unsalted butter
    600g smoked haddock fillet, skinned and cut into large portions
    5 tbsp milk
    350g tub essential Cheese Sauce
    100ml crème fraîche
    3 tbsp capers, rinsed
    150g frozen petits pois
    30g Cooks’ Ingredients Lemon & Pepper Crust


    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Cut the cauliflower into florets and chop the stalk into small pieces. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for 5 minutes. Reserve a quarter of the cauliflower florets and add the remainder and the stalks to the potatoes. Cook for a further 7-8 minutes until completely tender. Drain well, return to the pan and mash with half the butter.

    2. Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan and gently fry the reserved cauliflower florets for 8-10 minutes until golden. Tip into a pie dish. Place the fish and milk in the pan and cook gently, turning the fish once, for 5-6 minutes until just cooked through. Lift the fish into the pie dish, breaking it into pieces.

    3. Add the cheese sauce and crème fraîche to any cooking liquid left in the frying pan and heat through. Pour two-thirds into the dish, sprinkle with the capers and petits pois and spoon the mash on top. Pour over the remaining sauce. Scatter with the lemon and pepper crust and bake for about 45 minutes until the top is crisp and golden.  

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    Cook’s tip

    If you’re not fond of smoked fish, try any white fish or reduce the total amount of fish and combine with some cooked prawns instead.  


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