Naked Fish Pie

A lighter take on a crowd-pleasing classic, Wendy Rowe's 'Naked Fish Pie' is full of the delicious, comforting flavours of sweet potato, fennel and Parmesan, combined perfectly with delicate white fish for an easy and nutritious weeknight dinner.

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Introduction

I love eating fish – as well as being highly nutritious, it’s speedy to cook. The only downside is the smell when you cook it, which is why I always end up baking it in foil or putting it in a pie. Warming and tasty – and including different types of white fish for a wider range of nutrients – it’s perfect for the winter. The sweet potatoes I’ve used for the topping are a rich source of beta-carotene. Converted to vitamin A in the body, it helps to treat acne as it regulates the secretion of sebum and improves skin tone.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
25g butter
25g gluten-free flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk (see Cook's Tip below), warmed
Juice of ½ lemon
300ml vegetable stock
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
500g white fish fillets (such as cod, hake, haddock and pollock), cut into chunks
1 small fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced
Sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan.

2. Place the potatoes in a pan filled with water and boil for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain before mashing with a potato masher, adding salt and pepper to taste.

3. Meanwhile, make a white sauce by first melting the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes or until a paste forms. Next, slowly add the milk, stirring all the while, until you have a smooth sauce. Continue to stir the sauce for a further 5–10 minutes until it thickens.

4. Add the lemon juice to the sauce, followed by the stock and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in 1 teaspoon of Parmesan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute before removing from the heat.

5. Place the fish in an ovenproof dish with the sliced fennel. Pour over the white sauce and top with the sweet potato mash. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the top.

6. Place the dish on a baking tray. Transfer to the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through and golden.

7. Serve with a green vegetable such as spinach, kale or broccoli.

Cook's Tip: You can replace the semi-skimmed milk with coconut milk to lend a more Southeast Asian flavour to the fish.

•  340 calories per serving  •

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