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Member Name: AlmshoeRachy
Date: 10/10/11, updated on 25/03/12 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Fairly quick but lots of pans to wash up after.
Disadvantages: Only one for me - hubby didn't like it!
My husband hates fish, but knows he needs to eat more of it, and cut down on red meat. In an attempt to get him to eat more, I am trying to dress it up in as many healthy ways as possible, especially on a low carb diet (no potatoes, pasta or any fun stuff like that). I am rather bored of fish baked with tomatoes, so decided to try a lazy version of fish pie. I kind of made it up as I went so I can't give exact quantities.
Basically, steam about three handfuls of fresh baby leaf spinach (frozen will work too but I only had fresh) according to the cooking instructions. Chop up and put in the bottom of on oven proof dish with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Whilst the spinach is cooking, pan fry 2 cod fillets in butter for 2-3 minutes on each side. When these are cooked, add them to the dish on top of the spinach. Then, or whilst everything is cooking, make cheese sauce - I also made this up as I went so not sure exactly how much, but about half a pint of milk went in to it, and there was loads of sauce for two pieces of cod. Hubby wasn't too impressed when he saw the flour come out, but as its only a spoonful he seemed to be ok about it in the end! When done, then pour over the top of the fish.
For those of you that don't know how to make cheese sauce, it is very easy to do - melt butter in a saucepan, add flour and mix into a paste, then slowly add milk and stir continuously getting rid of any lumps. Keeping adding milk until the sauce is at a pouring consistency without being too thin. Once the sauce has been made, add grated cheese. One tip my mum told me which I am never able to adhere to as I love cheese so much, is not to eat any of the cheese beforehand. You will need to taste the sauce to ensure it is cheesy enough which is impossible to do if you have already eaten some. I just tend to add extra to make sure it is definitely cheesy enough!
Then just bake. I baked at 200 for about twenty minutes and served with steamed broccoli and cauliflower.
When it came out of the oven, it was bubbling nicely and had a nice golden top. I loved it! A rather sceptical husband looked at it, sniffed it, declared he didn't think cheese and fish go well together, tried it and decided he was right - he gallantly ate it, but has told me not to make it again! I definitely will be, just not when he is in!
Thanks for reading. Rachel
Summary: Delicious - like fish pie but without the potato topping.
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