This is a real comfort food recipe and can be made with any fish you like so is ideal for left over pieces or “fish pie mix” from your fishmonger. I like to have a little white fish such as haddock, cod, hake or whiting and some salmon for colour.
The recipe quantities are really for a guide only, as you can also make this recipe with left over mashed potato. The secret is to have really dry cooked potatoes and a mix of fish. I usually go for having more mash than fish which makes it economic!
200g mixed fish no bones or skin
4 tsp of chopped capers
2 tblsp chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Egg wash made with one egg beaten with a little milk
Home made dry bread crumbs
Very good with tartar sauce and peas!
Tip: home made breadcrumbs are very easy to make
Roughly break up any crusts or left over ends of loaves, I do this in a food processor, pour onto an oven tray and leave in a cooling oven (or the top of an Aga) overnight. Once dried out, return to the food processor and “blitz” until smooth. The bread crumbs will keep in an air tight container for ages!
Recipe by Christopher Trotter
Photography by Caroline Trotter