Fish and Smoke Shed, Colyton, EX24 6LS

Smoked Haddock, Leeks and mashed Potato

There is something really comforting about smoked Haddock. When the weather turns a bit cold and wet, demand soars, whether for a weekend breakfast simply poached with eggs or as a winter warming dish.

We get our Haddock whole from Brixham market, they are caught in the deep waters of the Celtic seas far west of Cornwall. Whilst a nice fresh fillet of pan fried Haddock is hard to beat, once cured, dried and smoked over Oak, it is a fantastic product.

Serves 2.

  • 300g potatoes, skin on, chopped into large chunks
  • 300ml milk
  • 10 whole black pepper corns
  • 1 medium onion, roughly sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3-400g of smoked Haddock fillet
  • 1 leek, washed and sliced
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and or whole grain mustard
  • Seasonal greens or cabbage to serve on the side

Get the potatoes onto boil in salted water and cook until soft.

Pour the milk into a pan and add the black pepper corns, sliced onions and bay leaves. Heat gently – don't boil – and once hot gently place the smoked Haddock in skinside down. After a couple of minutes turn over in the milk and then after another 2 mins remove from the pan and keep warm.

Strain the milk and reserve for making the sauce and adding to the mashed potatoes.

Slice the leek and fry gently in a knob of butter to soften. Mash the potatoes loosening with some of the reserved milk and add the leeks, keep warm.

Melt the buuter in a saucepan, add the flour and cook for a few minutes whisking to avoid lumps. Add the mustard and pour in the reserved milk a bit at a time, stirring continuously, until you have a nice thick, creamy sauce.

Serve with the sauce over the smoked Haddock, the mashed potato and leeks and your choice of seasonal greens or cabbage on the side.