Date: January 2019
I love smoked haddock and this all in one dish is easy for a warming January supper. Ask the fishmonger to skin and bone your smoked haddock and if wild mushrooms are not available use chestnut mushrooms as they have a little more flavour.
3 medium Maris Piper potatoes (about 450g), very thinly sliced
150ml chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
75g crème fraîche
2 x 140g/5 oz smoked haddock fillets, skin and bones removed
140g wild mushrooms, chopped
50g butter, diced
3 lemon thyme sprigs, leaves only
1 slice of brioche (about 50g/2oz), blitzed to breadcrumbs
25g parmesan, finely grated
wilted spinach, to serve
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with the chicken stock and 50ml water. Bring to the boil, then gently simmer for 8-10 mins until tender. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, reserving the stock.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onions for about 8 mins until golden brown. Spread them over a 26 x 5cm ovenproof dish and arrange the potatoes neatly on top. Season well and pour over the chicken stock. The stock should soak into the onions, leaving the potatoes dry.
Spoon the crème fraîche over the potatoes in an even layer. Lay the haddock on top, then scatter over the mushrooms and butter, leaving some of the potatoes and onions visible. Cover with foil and put in the oven for 8 mins.
Meanwhile, make the topping by mixing the lemon thyme, brioche breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Remove the foil from the fish and sprinkle over the crumb topping (making sure that some of the mushrooms are still visible). Return to the oven for 5 mins, then place under the grill for about 2 mins or until golden brown.
Serve with wilted spinach or green vegetables of your choice
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