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    Salmon and leek pie

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 60 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes 60 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 4


    500g Waitrose Select Farm Salmon Fillets
    2 fresh bay leaves
    1.2kg Waitrose Desiree Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    2 leeks, sliced
    2 essential Waitrose Free Range Eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and coarsely chopped
    1 tsp capers, drained and chopped
    350g tub Waitrose Half Fat Cheese Sauce
    150ml essential Waitrose Semi Skimmed Milk
    25g butter
    20g pack flat leaf fresh parsley, finely chopped


    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Place the salmon and the bay leaves in a roasting tin and just cover with boiling water. Cover the tin with foil and cook in the oven for 12–15 minutes until the fish is just cooked and flakes easily. Drain the tin, discarding the cooking water and flake the fish into large chunks, discarding the skin.

    2. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 20 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, steam the leeks for 3–4 minutes until tender, then arrange them over the base of a 1.5-litre buttered shallow baking dish. Gently fold together the flaked salmon and chopped egg with the capers and cheese sauce. Spoon the mixture over the leeks.

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    3. Drain the cooked potatoes thoroughly, return to the pan and mash until smooth. Heat the milk with the butter until simmering then add the chopped parsley and simmer gently for 30 seconds. Beat the hot milk mixture into the mashed potato and spoon over the fish to cover. Fluff up the top with a fork and bake for 30 minutes until golden. Serve with peas.

    Cook’s tip

    You can add cooked prawns or swap the salmon for any sustainably sourced firm white fish such as Waitrose coley or pollack.

    Drink recommendation

    The herbs and capers here help the dish balance with a complex wine. Try this versatile Southern French white: Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Viognier 2009 IGP Pays d’Oc, South of France.


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