Cozy Fish Pie with Fresh and Smoked Salmon Delight











Dive into the comforting embrace of our Cozy Fish Pie, featuring a harmonious blend of fresh and smoked salmon, enveloped in a creamy, herby sauce and crowned with a golden mashed potato topping. Perfect for a snug dinner!


Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes

Begin by peeling your potatoes and cutting them into even chunks. This ensures they'll cook through evenly and quickly, making your mash creamy and lump-free. Simmer in boiling, salted water until tender, which should take about 15 minutes. Trust me, the softer they are, the smoother your mash will be.
Pro Tip: Use Yukon Gold or another smooth mashing potato for the best texture.

Step 2: Mash the Potatoes

Once your potatoes are cooked and drained, add butter, horseradish, and milk to start the mashing process. The horseradish gives a subtle kick that pairs beautifully with salmon. Add a bit more milk if needed to achieve that perfect, creamy consistency we all love in a mash.
Pro Tip: Warm your milk before adding for an even creamier texture.

Step 3: Poach the Salmon

In a medium skillet, combine fresh salmon, water, lemon juice, bay leaf, and peppercorns. This aromatic bath will gently infuse the salmon with flavor as it poaches, covered, until just cooked through; about 12-15 minutes. We're aiming for opaque salmon that flakes easily, a sign it's perfectly done.
Pro Tip: Keep the poaching liquid at a gentle simmer to ensure tender salmon.

Step 4: Combine Ingredients

After sautéing onion until tender, add cabbage, and stir for 2-3 minutes before adding white wine and chicken stock. Let simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to this mix, stirring until thickened. Off the heat, blend in yogurt for creaminess, then gently fold in both fresh and smoked salmon, careful to maintain their textures.
Pro Tip: Adding the yogurt off the heat prevents it from curdling, ensuring a smooth sauce.

Step 5: Assemble and Bake

Spoon the salmon-cabbage mixture into a baking dish, evenly spreading it out. Crown this with the mashed potatoes, using a fork to create peaks that will crisp up delightfully in the oven. Bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes, or until you see that glorious golden crust forming. This final touch not only adds texture but also eye appeal, making this dish a feast for the senses.
Pro Tip: Sprinkle a little cheese over the top before baking for an extra golden crust.