24 August 2010

Smoked fish & cherry tomato rarebit

You see what I mean, by over-sauced!
Although delicious, this did turn out a wee bit over-sauced.  Next time I make it, I'll follow the reduced quantities I've set out below.

Serves 3-4

Ingredients for the sauce :

30g butter
40g plain flour
a dash of worcestershire sauce
400ml whole milk
75g strong cheddar, grated
1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard

Ingredients for the fish :

25g butter
1 clove garlic, grated
250g cherry tomatoes, halved
120g fresh spinach, washed
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
400g undyed smoked haddock or cod, skin removed
25g strong cheddar, grated

Method :

Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 180C/gas 5.

To make the rarebit sauce, melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan and stir in the flour.  Cook, stirring, for one minute.  Remove the pan from the heat and slowly whisk in most of the milk until combined.  Keep some milk back, so as to keep the sauce as thick as possible. Add the Worcestershire sauce, then return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil, stirring or whisking constantly, adding a little milk as you go until the sauce is unctuous and thick.  Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the mustard and cheese.  Season with pepper and set aside.

For the fish, melt the butter in a large, high sided non-stick frying pan, add the garlic and cook until just coloured.  Immediately add the tomatoes and toss them with the garlic butter, cooking just enough to heat through.  Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and place into a shallow baking dish (a lasagne dish is perfect).  Spread them evenly.  Replace the pan on the heat and add the spinach.  Cook over a high heat until just wilted (will only take seconds), then tip into a colander and press to remove all the liquid.  Replace into the pan and add seasoning plus the nutmeg.  Arrange over the tomato layer, then cover with the fish fillets.

Spoon the rarebit sauce over the fish fillets so that they are completely covered, then sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake in the oven for around 30-45 mins until brown and bubbling and the fish is cooked through.  You can check this by inserting a knife into the fish, whereupon the flesh should flake easily.

Serve straight from the dish, with new potatoes and peas.


  1. mmmmM! Yes....I've made this dish a few times now....!
    Don't laugh, but l've used Marmite, instead of Wocestershire Sauce...On one occasion.....Well,
    l liked it....Tangy...!
    But then, with me, if stands still long enough, l'll eat it...There's absolutly nothing l don't eat.
    My old science teacher,at college,used to say to me "Downes, all you think about is your guts and all that hangs from it"
    Gooood old days....Love Food...!
    Food Is Like A Coin, You Can Eat It Anyway You
    Wish.......But You Can Only eat It.....Once! :)

  2. What a lovely blog. I'm drooling while I read this - better go & prepare the chicken wraps we're having for tea lol

  3. LOL @ Willie! Marmite? Good grief, that's an ingredient that wouldn't spring to the front of my mind when thinking "fish"! LOL

    Noreen : thanks for the kind words. :) My son would be coming around to your house if he knew you were having chicken wraps - they're on of his favourites! LOL


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