Gordon Ramsay's creamy fish pie has fish, seafood and cream, and a cheesy mash topping
2 large shallots or 1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large thyme sprig leaves only
4 tbsp Noilly Prat or dry vermouth
2 tsp Pernod (optional)
4 tbsp plain flour
250ml fish, chicken or vegetable stock (a stock cube is fine)
4 tbsp double cream
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
180g skinless salmon fillets
250g skinless cod or haddock fillets
200g queen scallops
150g king prawns
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the mashed potato topping
750g Desiree potatoes, peeled
75g butter, cubed
50ml hot milk
2 large egg yolks
75g medium Cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a shallow (about 2 litre capacity) pie dish.
Start by making the mashed potato for the topping. Chop the potatoes into chunks and cook in boiling salted water until tender. Drain well and push through a potato ricer, or mash until smooth. Add the butter and hot milk and mix until well incorporated. Allow to cool slightly, and then stir in the egg yolks. Season well and put to one side.
Sauté the shallots or onion in the oil and butter with the thyme leaves fur about 5minutes until softened. Add the Noilly Prat and Pernod (lf using), then cook for 4-5 minutes until reduced right down.
Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or so. Heat the stock in a small pan or a jug in the microwave. Gradually stir it into the shallot mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth, and boil for about 5 minutes until reduced by a third. Mix in the milk, lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes. Season well, then add the cream and parsley.
Meanwhile, cut the salmon and cod into bite-sized chunks and scatter in the pie dish with the scallops and prawns. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and seasoning. Put the dish on a baking sheet.
Pour over the sauce and mix well with a fork. Spread the mashed potato on top and fluff up with a fork. Scatter with the grated cheese and put the pie immediately in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then tum the oven down to l80°C/Gas 4, and bake for another 20 minutes, turning if it browns unevenly. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.