Smoked Haddock & Leek Gratin, Golden Curried Crumb

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4-6

500 grams undyed smoked haddock, boneless & skinless, cut into large pieces
250 grams leeks, washed & sliced
500 ml milk
2 bay leaves
Pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated 
60 grams butter
25 ml olive oil
2 tsp mild curry powder 
50 grams plain flour
Zest from ½ lemon
500 grams potatoes, peeled & sliced thinly
125 grams breadcrumbs (mix with ½ tsp curry powder)
100 grams cheddar cheese
Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste

METHOD

Pre heat oven to 160C / 320F / gas mark 3

In a large pan, add the smoked haddock, milk, bay leaves & nutmeg. Simmer on low for 5-8 minutes. Strain the milk & set aside. Set haddock aside as well.

In another medium size pan add the butter, olive oil, leeks & sauté on low- medium heat, with salt & pepper until they become translucent. Next add curry powder & flour, continue cooking for a further 5 minutes to “cook out” the flour.

Next add the potatoes, mix well. Slowly add the warm strained milk & stir continuously until a velvety smooth sauce starts to thicken slightly. This should take 4-6 minutes. Add the lemon zest & check the seasoning.

In a large baking dish layer ½ the potato & leek sauce first, then top with ½ smoked haddock & ½ the cheddar cheese. Repeat this process again. Finishing with breadcrumbs.

Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until it’s golden brown & bubbly.

We love to serve this with a fresh & crisp green salad & plenty of crusty bread.