Smoked fish, spinach and bechamel
( SERVES 4 )
Creamed spinach in a classic white sauce – comfort food at its best! Add smoked fish to this simple dish and it becomes an amazing taste sensation!
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|25 g||Plain flour|
|1 cup||Cheddar cheese, grated|
|1||Salt & freshly ground pepper, to season|
|500 g||Spinach, cleaned, sliced from stems|
|250 g||Smoked fish, flaked|
|1||Lemon, sliced into 4 wedges|
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter before stirring in the plain flour. Cook over a gentle heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cumin and grated cheese, and cook for 1 minute more before removing to cool.
- Add around 1/4 of the hot milk and beat into a thick paste. Add another 1/4 and repeat beating until you have a smooth sauce. Return to the heat and gently cook for 10 minutes, then season.
- Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the spinach and sugar and finally season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and quickly cook to wilt the spinach for 2 to 4 minutes. When wilted, drain off the excess water and stir into the hot white sauce (béchamel). Stir in half the flaked smoked fish.
- Divide the spinach onto four plates, sprinkle with the remaining smoked fish, top with seasoned poached eggs and serve with a wedge of fresh lemon.
Cook's tip: When selecting spinach for this dish, look for very large leaves.