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I think I met the challenge and actually did a better job if I’m honest and it didn’t cost me £3.49

About a month ago my friend posted up this picture on my facebook page and said, “I can’t believe you couldn’t make something like this up.. please…..”

the packet

Marks and Spencer, Gastro pub Fish and chip pie”

“In the words of its famous adverts, this is not just any portion of fish and chips … this is Marks and Spencer fish and chips. And it comes in a pie – complete with a layer of mushy peas.
The extraordinary creation is made from chunks of cod, pea puree and tartar sauce, all held together in shortcrust pastry and topped off with a chip ‘lid’.
Designed to treat indecisive eaters to a mixture of two traditional favourites of British cuisine, the pie is due to hit the shelves later this month, priced at £3.49.”

So I accepted the challenge and after having a think about how I was going to go about making the pastry case, the solution actually came to me in a dream, which sound a bit cheesy but there you go..
I attempted it Friday night, I used hake because that’s what I had in the freezer and instead of a tartar sauce, made a light cheese sauce, mostly because I hate tartar sauce.

Not an M&S fish and chip pie:

I made some short crust pastry with 2.5 oz veg shortening and 5oz plain flour and popped it in the fridge to chill for a bit..

chip pie prep

I rolled the pasty out and molded it round an oiled ramekin

over ramekin

and egg washed it.

pie crust

I baked it until it was brown, turned it out and put it back in the oven to finish off a bit..

pastry

It doesn’t look particularly even, but considering I was making it up as I went along..

I added the mushy pea base.

mushy peas

I lightly cooked the fish in the microwave prior to adding it to the sauce..

hake

then filled up the pastry case and put it in the oven for a little while longer.

fish filling

then all it needed was some homemade chips, which I spritzed with chip shop vinegar and salt a few minutes before they came out of the oven..

chip topping

This is a photo I found on line of a cooked Mark’s pie..

someone elses pie

This is my pie..

fish and chip pie

It was bloody gorgeous, I think I met the challenge and actually did a better job if I’m honest and it didn’t cost me £3.49 and probably took a little more time to make than if I’d bought one and baked it for 35 minutes..

middle

I was rather chuffed with myself on that one, I have another challenge up my sleeve, which I shall endeavor to tackle in the near future..

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