Fun Fish Pie Faces

Prep time: 9 minutes Cooking time: 45-50 minutes Serves: 4 Skill level: Easy Peasy Recipe by: Seafish
Give the kids something different with their own individual fish pie. Let them decorate their pie themselves and see what great face creations they come up with

The method

  1. Put the fish in to a wok or a shallow pan and pour over 500ml of the milk, then add the onion quarters to the milk, with the bay leaves. Bring the milk just to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug to cool. Flake the fish into large pieces and arrange in the dishes that you are using.
  2. Bring a small pan of water to the boil, and add the eggs in with a slotted spoon. Bring the water back to the boil, and cook for 8 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel, slice into quarters and arrange on top of the fish, then scatter over the chopped parsley.
  3. To make the sauce. Melt half the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute over a low to moderate heat. Take off the heat, pour in a little of the cold 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 it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper and pour over the fish.
  4. Heat oven to 200C /180C /Gas Mark 6. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes and then drain, season and mash with the remaining butter and milk. Top the pies with the mashed potatoes, starting at the edge of the dish and working your way in - push the mash right to the edges to seal. Fluff the top with a fork, sprinkle with cheese, then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the baking dishes you are using.
  5. As soon as the pies are baked and just before serving, get creative with the funny faces and the herbs and vegetables! Serve straight away and watch your children's faces light up! 

For the face you can use:

  • Grated carrot or Mustard and Cress for the hair
  • Red pepper or tomato skins for the lips
  • Baby sweetcorn or carrots for nose
  • Spring onion, cucumber and peas for eyes
  • Green beans for a moustache
  • Blanched cauliflower or Broccoli for ears
  • Cherry tomatoes or baby beetroot for cheeks
  • Fresh Basil or Mint leaves for a bow-tie