Marian Armitage Cook, award-winning author and chair of the Shetland Food and Drink Association.
“With seafood as fresh as Shetland’s, there’s no need for complexity, keep the preparation simple and let the natural flavours shine through.”
WHEN IT COMES TO SEAFOOD, CHOOSE THE BEST, CHOOSE SHETLAND.
Ingredients (serves 6):
250g smoked haddock (diced)
250g fresh salmon (diced)
250g fresh cod, coley or haddock (diced)
750g potato (boiled and mashed with a knob of butter and some milk)
50g plain flour
150g cheddar cheese (grated)
handful of fresh parsley (chopped finely)
salt and pepper
Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in flour, and cook for a few minutes. Slowly add the milk, continuously whisking. When the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat, stir in the cheese and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
Heat the oven to 200C/400F Gas 6.
There is no need to pre cook the fish. Place in an ovenproof dish, pour over the sauce, then either spoon or pipe the prepared potatoes over the fish. Bake for 35 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven. For a crunchier topping, finish under the grill.
Delicious served with spring greens or roasted winter vegetables.