Recipe for Creamy Fish Cottage Pie. Serve with a crisp chardonnay – a match made in comfort-food heaven


For the filling:
100g butter
Olive oil
250ml white wine
2 kg firm white fish, filleted and cut into 2cm squares (or use a 1kg pack of frozen mixed seafood combined with 1kg fish to add an interesting twist to the dish)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large fennel bulb, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 celery rib, sliced
1 tbsp dill, finely chopped
100g mushrooms, sliced
½ red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
200ml cream
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
zest of a lemon

For the topping:
5 large potatoes, floury if possible
100g butter
100ml milk

How to
Heat a large saucepan over high heat, add the butter and a good drizzle of olive oil.

Sauté the onions, fennel bulb, garlic, celery, mushrooms and finely chopped chilli until translucent.

Add the white wine, fish sauce and lemon juice and reduce the liquid by half.

Add the fish and/or seafood mix and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Add the cream and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Add the lemon zest and dill and simmer for a further 2 minutes.

Mix a little water with the corn flour before adding to the saucepan. Stir gently, to ensure you do not break up the fish too much.

Simmer for about 7 minutes until the sauce has thickened (you may add in more corn flour to achieve your desired consistency).

Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into even sized pieces before placing them in a saucepan and covering with cold water. Add in some salt and bring to the boil, simmering until they are soft enough to mash.

Using a colander, drain the potatoes and add in the butter and milk before mashing until light and fluffy.

Pour the filling into a large pie dish and spread the mash evenly on top.

Bake in the oven for about an hour until the mash has a crusty, light brown appearance and the filling is bubbling on the sides.

Be sure to serve warm with a chilled glass of Drostdy Hof Chardonnay for a winter dinner with a twist!

Recipe provided by Drostdy Hof wines and designed by chef Johan van Schalkwyk. For more information on Johan, visit his Facebook page and website.

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