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Fish Pie / Salmon, Smoked Salmon and Savoy Cabbage

Menu Plan for the week of Feb. 22, 2013: Day 1 Recipes

Fish Pie with Salmon, Smoked Salmon and Savoy Cabbage

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

   If it's made with beef it's Cottage Pie; with lamb it's Shepherd's Pie... Apparently the British have no cute name for Fish Pie.  This is traditionally made with odd bits of white fish, but we love salmon.  And Savoy cabbage. 

Fish Pie with Salmon, Smoked Salmon and Savoy Cabbage                    Time:  40 minutes
    Smoked Salmon adds a bit of depth to this simple Fish Pie - as does the horseradish in the mashed potato topping.

2 medium potatoes,  10oz (300gr)
1 tbs horseradish
1 tbs butter
2  - 3 tbs milk
8oz (250gr) fresh salmon
4oz (120gr) smoked salmon    either wet or dry smoked
8oz (250gr) Savoy cabbage   1/2 medium head
1 onion
1 tsp lemon juice
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried chives
2 tsp maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 1 tbs water
1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek or plain yogurt
1 tbs olive oil

The potatoes:  Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks.  Cook in boiling, salted water until tender.  Drain well.  Add butter, horseradish and 2 tbs milk.  Mash well.  They should not be stiff but should hold their shape.  Add a bit more milk if needed. 
The salmon:  Put fresh salmon in a medium skillet.  Add water to almost cover, lemon juice, bay leaf and peppercorns.  Cover and poach until done, 12 - 15 minutes.  It should turn opaque and flake easily with a fork.  Remove and cut into large chunks. Roughly chop the smoked salmon. 
The vegetables:  Remove dark green outer leaves from cabbage. Cut off a thick slice, avoiding the core. Lay flat, cut into 3 or 4 wedges, then thinly slice the wedges. Roughly chop the onion.  Heat oil in a large skillet.  Add onion and sauté 5 minutes, until it turns translucent.  Add cabbage and sauté, stirring 2 - 3 minutes.  Add white wine, chicken stock, herbs, cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Dissolve cornstarch in water. Uncover cabbage, increase heat and add cornstarch, stirring until thickened.  Remove from heat.  Add yogurt and stir well to combine. 
To finish: Add both salmons to cabbage and stir gently.  Spoon into a baking dish large enough to hold everything. Top with potatoes, covering as well as you can.  Bake, 400F (200C) for 15 minutes or until the top starts to brown.  Remove and serve.

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet, lid, large skillet, lid, small saucepan,
lid, baking dish
Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Peel potatoes, bring to a boil
Partially uncover potatoes, cook
Put salmon in medium skillet, add water, etc. poach
Chop onion, sauté
Trim, slice cabbage, add to onion, sauté
Add stock, wine, herbs to cabbage, cover, simmer

Roughly chop smoked salmon
     Pause while it all cooks
Drain potatoes, mash
Remove salmon, cut
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Thicken cabbage
Add yogurt to cabbage
Add both salmons to cabbage
Assemble pie, bake
        15 minute break while it bakes
Pie done?
Remove Salmon Pie and serve

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