4 salad onions, halved25 ml olive oil1 each leek and celery stalk, diced3thyme sprigs1fresh bay leaf1garlic clove, crushed30 ml Noilly Prat dry vermouth15 gmbutter, coarsely chopped15 gm (1¼ tbsp) plain flour250 ml (1 cup) hot fish stock200 gm peeled uncooked prawns, cut into 3 pieces (400gm unpeeled)150 gm skinless snapper fillet, cut into 3cm dice150 gmskinless blue-eye trevalla fillet, cut into 3cm diceFinely grated rind of 1 lemon1 tbspeach finely chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley375 gmsheet butter puff pastry (see note)1egg yolk, for brushingTo serve:green salad
Blanch salad onion until tender (3-4 minutes). Drain, refresh, drain again and set aside.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add leek, celery, thyme, bay leaf, garlic and blanched onion and stir occasionally until tender (5-6 minutes). Add vermouth, simmer until evaporated (1-2 minutes), then remove herbs (discard). Add butter, cook until melted, then add flour and stir until smooth and combined. Gradually add fish stock, a ladle at a time, stirring continuously until smooth, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches a thick sauce consistency (3 minutes). Cool for 30 minutes, stir in prawns, fish, lemon rind, dill and parsley and season to taste. Transfer to a 1.25-litre oval pie dish, spreading evenly, then cover closely with a piece of baking paper and set aside.
Preheat oven to 200C. Cut pastry into an oval large enough to cover top of pie dish with a 2.5cm overhang, place pastry on an oven tray lined with baking paper and mark with a spoon to resemble fish scales (optional). Brush with yolk, season to taste with sea salt, sprinkle with a little cold water, then bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 190C, place pie dish in oven and bake pastry and pie until pastry is golden and cooked through and pie mixture is hot (15-20 minutes). Remove baking paper from pie dish, top with pastry and serve hot with a green salad.
Note We prefer to use Carême puff pastry, which comes in
pre-rolled 375gm sheets. If it's unavailable, substitute another
good-quality butter puff pastry.
This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet