We ate a very savory meal last night. I have an amazing Irish cookbook and according to the book the meals in it are served in Pubs throughout the Emerald Island. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
I present to you the Fisherman's Pie.
- 2 lb. white fish fillets, skinned (I used tilapia because is what I had at home but the best fish for this dish is without a doubt Cod)
- 2/3 cup dry white wine
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 tbsp dry tarragon
- 1 1/4 cups of sliced mushrooms
- scant 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 2 lb. starchy potatoes
- Cooking spray
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a baking dish with the cooking spray
- Place the fish fillets in the baking dish, season well with the salt and pepper, pour over the wine and scatter the dill and tarragon.
- Cover with foil and bake, in the preheated oven, for 15 minutes, until the flesh starts to flake. Strain off the cooking liquid and reserve for the sauce. Increase oven temperature to 450 F.
- Cook the mushrooms is a skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter and spoon over the fish.
- Heat 4 tablespoons of the remaining butter in a pan and stir in the flour. Cook for a few minutes without browning, then remove from the heat and add reserved cooking liquid, stirring well between additions.
- Return to heat and gently bring to a boil, stirring to ensure a smooth sauce. Add the cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over the fish mixture and smooth over surface.
- Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until ready. Drain well and mash with potato masher until very smooth. Add the remaining butter, stirring until melted.
- Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the fish mixture and sauce and smooth the surface to cover completely. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
The Fisherman's Pie became a family favorite instantly.
. . . and to top this gratifying dish, I made Irish Coffee, perfect to round off a delicious meal.
Irish Coffee (double the ingredients for two)
- 2 measures Irish whiskey
- 1 tsp sugar, or more to taste
- freshly made strong black coffee
- 2 measures heavy cream
- Put the whiskey into a warmed heatproof glass with sugar to taste. Pour in the coffee and stir until sugar has completely dissolved.
- Pour the cream very slowly over the back of a spoon that is just touching the top of the coffee and the edge of the glass. Keep pouring until all the cream is added and has settled on the top.
- Do not stir-drink the coffee through the cream.
Please do enjoy this dish, it looks difficult, but it is not difficult at all; and the Irish coffee is, without a doubt, a wonderful treat.