Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cheesy smoked fish jackets sailing on a pea sea - recipe

This is a great easy recipe that suits all the family, it makes a little amount of fish go a long way and you can turn it into a fabulous tasty dish that suits adults and appeal to children at the same time.

1. Take two large potatoes, clean them, prick them, place on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 160C for about an hour and a half to two hours. Once baked split into two horizontally and place back on the sheet.
2. Take one fillet of naturally smoked haddock and one of cod (my fish was supplied by Delish Fish, their fish is naturally smoked, so no nasties or yellow colour in there). Cook the fish, you can cover with cling film and microwave on 750w for 2 minutes. Or poach it in milk for a few minutes. Once cooked flake the fish, leave it chunky though.
(you could make this dish with a tinned fish like tuna or salmon)
3. Grate some cheddar cheese about 150g will do.

4. Get some frozen peas ready to cook...about half a small packet.
5. Scoop the inside out of the potatoes and put this into a bowl, put the potato skins (shells) back in the oven on a baking tray. Put the oven up to 200C fan to crisp up the shells. Mash the potato insides with butter and salt and pepper, add a handful of the grated cheese and mix together.
6. Take the potato shells out of the oven put a sprinkle of the cheese in first then a small amount of the mashed filling in the bottom of each shell. Add a layer of flaked fish. Like so...
7. Top this fish layer with more cheesy mash and add the remaining grated cheese on top. Make sure all the fish is covered. Place the filled potatoes back in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese melts and the tops begin to go brown.
8. While the potatoes are in the oven, cook the peas in salted boiling water. 

Once the potatoes are cooked add a sea of peas to a plate then add the potatoes on top.

A great tip for children is to get them to make their own sail to top the potatoes with, all you need is some paper and one or two of those wooden coffee stirrers from a coffee shop to make the sails. Just cut out an oblong and make two slits about an inch away from the top and the bottom to thread the wooden coffee stirrer through.

It's a great way to encourage children to eat more fish and veg...please give it a try.


  1. just simply and utterly adorable... and very much what i'd be more than happy NOT to share with the kids... genius!

  2. GREAT fun and can I make my own sails too? LOVELY! xxx


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