Salmon fish pies

  • Main
  • medium
  • 2
  • 45 minutes, plus cooling and chilling


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Salmon pies

Dill sauce

  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml of white wine
  • 200ml of fish stock
  • 200ml of whipping cream
  • 60g of butter
  • 50g of chopped dill

Glazed baby vegetables

Place the brown basmati rice into a saucepan, cover generously with cold water and add a pinch of salt. Bring up to the boil then reduce to a medium heat and simmer 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Drain thoroughly and spread the rice out across a baking tray to cool
  • 100g of rice, Tilda brown basmati
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4
Meanwhile, place the salmon into a roasting tray and pour over the white wine. Season generously and place half of the butter on top of the salmon. Cover the tray with foil and cook in the oven for 8 minutes until just firm, then remove the tin foil and leave to cool. Flake the salmon into a bowl, taking care to remove any fish bones
  • 500g of salmon, organic, skin removed
  • 30g of butter
  • 100ml of dry white wine
Place a frying pan over a low heat and gently melt the remaining butter. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, without colouring, for 3 minutes until softened
Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook until tender, then remove from the heat and stir in the chopped herbs and lemon zest. Spread the mushroom mixture out across a baking tray to cool
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface until 4mm thick. Cut out two 11cm discs and two 15cm discs using pastry cutters. Place the discs carefully onto a lined baking tray and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 400g of puff pastry
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Mix the cooked salmon, rice, mushrooms and boiled eggs together in a large bowl, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper
Line a baking tray with baking parchment and place the two smaller discs of pastry on the tray. Carefully place a mound of the salmon and rice mixture into the centre of each disc, using a 9cm pastry cutter as a guide for more consistency if desired
Brush the edge of each pastry base with the egg yolk and carefully place the larger discs over the top, gently pressing down the edges to seal. Brush over the pastry top with the egg yolk to glaze and place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200˚C/gas mark 6
Use a small knife to gently score semi-circular patterns down the sides to decorate, trimming the bases with a fluted cutter if desired. Pierce a steam hole in the top of each pie and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown
Meanwhile, prepare the dill sauce. Sweat the shallot and garlic in half the butter over a medium heat, then add the white wine and allow to reduce until most of the wine has evaporated
Add the fish stock and continue to cook until reduced by half, then stir in the cream and bring to the boil. Once boiling remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining butter. Pass the sauce through a fine sieve and stir in the dill, seasoning to taste if necessary
  • 30g of butter
  • 200ml of fish stock
  • 200ml of whipping cream
  • 40g of chopped dill
For the vegetables, place the carrots in a pan and add enough water to just cover. Add half the butter and the sugar, then simmer until the carrots are tender and the water has reduced to a syrup. Add half the cider and cook for a further 20 seconds, then drain and transfer to a warmed serving dish
Repeat the process with the leeks, adding them to a pan with just enough water to cover. Add the remaining butter to the pan and cook on a high heat until the leeks are tender, then add the remaining half of the cider. Reduce until glazed and drain, adding to the serving dish with the carrots
Remove the pies from the oven and serve immediately with the glazed vegetables and dill sauce on the side
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