The original recipe comes from Australian Good Food and was contributed by a reader and called for 425 grams of Tuna in Oil but as we don't really care for canned tuna I used red salmon (bones and skin as well, drained). After the first making I made a few minor adjustment which I have added as optional ingredients. This is a quick easy recipe that uses pantry staples for during the week. Suggested you serve with a green salad which we did on the first time but much prefer steamed vegetables.
- 900 g potatoes (waxy, desiree recommended)
- 20 g butter (or margarine)
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 cup milk (250ml warmed, I use microwave)
- 415 g salmon (drained and flaked)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (120 grams grated)
- 1 spring onion (scallion, finely sliced) (optional)
- 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine melted) (optional)
- ground paprika (optional)
- Preheat oven o 200C or 180C fan forced.
- Grease a 6 cup capacity baking dish.
- Cook ptatoes in a large sauepan of salted boiling water, until just starting to soften, depending on the size this could take 6 to 12 minutes; drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, melt butter or margarine in a saucep[an on medium-low heat and add flour and cook stirring for 1 minute to cook off the flour, gradually whisk in the milk and stir till smooth and thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in the salmon and season to taste (if using spring onion add at this stage).
- Finely slice potatoes and arrange 2/3 of potato over base of prepared dish and then top with salmon mixture and then remaining potato (overlapping) and brush with melted butter.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (or until potatoes have a slight brown tinge), top with cheese and sprinkle with paprika (if using) and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until golden and bubbling.
- Serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.
My husband did his "smacking of the lips" thing, so I knew it was a winner. I had some leftover salmon fillets, so used that instead of canned. Made for New Kids on the Block Tag. :)