Sunday, October 10, 2010

something's fishy pie

Sorry about that title. I just can't help it if I'm a product of the Wheel of Fortune generation. (Where is Vanna these days, anyway?)

This pie was definitely a joint effort: My aunt peeled and cut up the potatoes, my mother-in-law inspired me to add the parsley to the sauce and also made the mashed potatoes for the topping, my father-in-law minded the white sauce while I answered the door and then he washed the dishes after the meal (mother-in-law dried them), my uncle read to the kiddos, hubby worked, and two boy-beans chipped in and helped me eat it after all was ready.

Went down like a treat.

A Mamatouille special so I'll try to recreate this for you here but my memory is a tad hazy. I mean, come on, I made it two whole weeks ago. Don't hit me if the ingredient amounts are a bit nebulous, either. I'm trying here, folks! (Or am I trying your patience?)

This makes two casserole dish-fuls, one 9X13 inches and one 8X10 or so.

You'll need:
  • 5 pieces of salmon, probably about 1.5 pounds or so
  • 1 package of tiny scallops, about a pound
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoned salt
  • 1 package bacon, chopped and pan fried till crispy
  • Frozen organic green peas, probably a pound or so
  • Grated cheddar cheese for the mash and also for sprinkling on top
  • Plenty of potatoes - peeled, chopped, boiled, and mashed
  • Milk, butter, minced garlic, and seasonings for the mash
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 cups milk, 16 T. flour, 16 T. butter (for the white sauce)
  • S&P
Do this:

Pan fry the salmon and scallops in olive oil (adding seasoned salt), flake the salmon and add that and the scallops into the bottom of the two casserole dishes. Toss over the peas and then add the chopped cooked bacon.

Make a white sauce (I like to use a wire whisk to eliminate any lumps) by melting the butter and then whisking in the flour. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking all the time till thickened. Stir in the fresh chopped parsley and check for seasonings.

Pour the white sauce over the fish, scallops, peas, and bacon.

Spoon the cheesy garlicky mash over the top of the two casseroles and then sprinkle a bit of extra cheese and parsley over the top. Bake at about 350 F/180 C for about 30 minutes or so until bubbly and utterly delish.

Consume with some of your favorite peeps and serve with yo mama's carrot-pineapple-raisin-apple salad, nice bakery bread, vine-ripe sliced tomatoes, and some chilled white vino.

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