C3PO and R2D2 fish pie

Prep time: 13-15 minutes Cooking time: 41-50 minutes Serves: 6 Skill level: Competent Cook Recipe by: Seafish

A Star Wars fish pie that's great for kids (and big kids too!)

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The method

  1. Put the fish into a shallow pan, pour over 500ml of the milk, then add the onion and bay leaves. Bring the milk to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug (you’ll use this to make a sauce). Set aside some of the yellow fish for making C3PO. Flake the rest of the fish into large pieces and arrange in a large ovenproof dish!
  3. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute over a low to moderate heat. Take off the heat and pour in a little of the poaching milk, then stir until blended. Continue to add the milk gradually, mixing well until you have a smooth sauce. Return to the heat, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring continually, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, season with pepper, stir in the parsley and pour over the fish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
  5. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes until cooked through, then drain, season with black pepper and mash with the remaining milk.
  6. Top the fish and sauce with the mashed potatoes and spread out evenly, making sure the mash goes right to the edges to seal in the filling. Fluff the top with a fork, sprinkle with the cheese and arrange the smoked fish you saved into a C3PO shape on top of the pie. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the baking dishes you are using.
  7. Once the pie comes out of the oven, slice a tiny piece off the top of the egg and add to C3PO’s stomach. Put the boiled egg next to C3P0 to make R2D2. Use slivers of black olives for R2D2’s features and C3PO’s face.