Recipe

Mediterranean fish pie

The pangrattato, toasted bread crumbs in Italian, adds a delightful crunch and paired tender fish and Mediterranean spices creates the perfect fish pie.

  • 1 hr 40 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb (550g), cut into 1cm thick slices, fronds reserved
  • 1 large red onion (300g), cut into thin wedges
  • 1 medium bulb garlic, cloves separated, unpeeled
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 large red capsicum (bell pepper) (350g), chopped coarsely
  • 2 stalks celery (300g), chopped coarsely
  • 2 stalks fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 1 litre (4 cups) fish stock
  • 400 grams can cherry tomatoes (see tip)
  • 800 grams skinless blue-eye trevalla fillets, pin-boned, cut into 3cm pieces
Pangrattato topping
  • 520 grams day-old garlic sourdough bread, crusts removed
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Make pangrattato topping. Increase oven to 220°C. Line a large oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    Toss fennel, onion and garlic with half the oil; season. Spread over prepared tray; roast for 25 minutes or until just tender. Squeeze garlic flesh from skins; reserve roast vegetables.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a 3-litre (12-cup) 30cm (12in) round ovenproof frying pan or flameproof roasting pan over medium heat. Cook capsicum, celery and parsley stalks, stirring, for 2 minutes or until softened. Add paprika and saffron; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste; cook for a further 1 minute. Increase heat to high; deglaze pan with wine.
  • 4
    Add stock, tomatoes and roast fennel mixture to pan with capsicum mixture; bring to the boil and simmer over medium-high heat for 25 minutes or until reduced by a third. Season to taste.
  • 5
    Gently press fish into tomato mixture to submerge. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through.
  • 6
    Top fish pie with pangrattato topping to serve.

Notes

Coarsely chop bread; process until coarse crumbs form. Toss
with remaining ingredients. Spread over lined oven tray; bake for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp.

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