Friday, 17 October 2008

Pie de Pescador


The vegetarian version of Shepherd's pie, in English, is usually called Shepherdess pie, but I notice Tesco, trying to be witty I guess, had one labelled "Shepherd's pie without the sheep" (customers, excepted.)

So, what do you call this when it's made with fish? Yeah, I know, Fisherman's pie! Except this is a sorta Spanglish version, so we called it Pie de Pescador.

This is also the mega-cheap version, for us poor folk. Well, I'd be happier to continue with the vegan / vegetarian version, but there's mother to contend with and she has tantrums if she's denied both fish and meat ...

The fish in question is canned tuna, done in the stylee of the filling of an Empanada de atún, but with a Shepherd's pie style mashed potato topping. Spud, we feel, is much healthier than pastry and, is a lot less trouble.


4-6 med-large potatoes, small can of tuna, medium onion (chopped finely), small sweet red pepper (chopped finely), clove of garlic (chopped finely), small can of chopped tomatoes, olive oil, butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste.


Peel and chop the potatoes, place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil for around 15 minutes until cooked. Meanwhile in a large frying pan, soften the onions, garlic and peppers in a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer to reduce. Stir in the canned tuna and season to taste. Drain and mash the potatoes, adding a knob of butter and a dash of milk (or their substitutes), to taste. Spread the fish mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potato. Brown in a hot oven for around 10 minutes. Serve with your choice of vegetables.

Variation: Instead of tuna, you can also make this with some sort of white fish fillets, flaked (even those cheap cat food coley blocks); omitting the tomatoes and substituting the sweet red pepper with a green pepper (or for a more "traditional" flavour, a goodly bunch of finely chopped parsley.)

Serves 2 - 4 depending on the quantity of potatoes you use, what other vegetables you serve with it and, how hungry you are! :)

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