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Tom Kerridge

Chef owner of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow – the only pub to hold two prestigious Michelin stars – Tom's recipes combine seasonal, modern British flavours with rustic French inspiration.

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Lattice-topped fish pie

  • Serves 4-6
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Total time 1 hr 30 mins, plus cooling and chilling
4.2/5 rating (31 votes)
Lattice-topped fish pie
Lattice-topped fish pie

step by step

  • 1Rub the insides of a 1.5-litre pie dish (with a lip) with a knob of the butter (about 10g); set aside.
  • 2Melt 50g of the remaining butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt and fry gently, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Tip the leeks into the bottom of the pie dish.
  • 3Mix the stock and the milk together in a pan and bring to the boil. In a separate pan, melt the remaining 40g butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the hot stock and milk, whisking until thick. Add the lemon zest and nutmeg. Season; leave to cool, then stir in the parsley and tarragon.
  • 4Scatter the fish over the leeks in the pie dish; top with the prawns. Pour the cooled sauce over the top. Chill for 1 hour.
  • 5Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 28 x 20cm rectangle that's 5mm thick. Cut it into strips the same length as the pie dish, each about 1.5cm wide. On a large lightly greased baking sheet, arrange evenly spaced strips of puff pastry in one direction. Next, interweave more strips in the opposite direction, going under and over to create a lattice. Chill for 1 hour until firm.
  • 6When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6, and place the pie on a baking sheet. Brush the rim of the pie dish with the beaten egg and, in one swift motion, slide the lattice on to the pie; press to seal. Brush the pastry strips with the remaining beaten egg. Bake for 45-55 minutes until the pastry is golden. Serve with peas or salad.
  • Recipe photograph by Clare Winfield. Recipe taken from Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food by Tom Kerridge (Bloomsbury, £20).

Get ahead

Make up to the end of step 5 up to 6 hours ahead

You will need

  • 100g soft butter
  • 2 leeks, split lengthways, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 400ml fish, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 200ml milk
  • 40g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 240g skinless and boneless salmon fillet, cut into 4cm chunks
  • 250g boneless, skinless smoked haddock, cut into 4cm chunks
  • 225g raw large prawns, defrosted and peeled
  • 250g all-butter puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten with a splash of milk

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