2 medium potato peeled and chopped into 1 cm cubes
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 handfuls frozen peas petit pois are sweeter
2 pints whole milk
2 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch grated nutmeg
2 blocks Frozen fish fillet Skinned and boneless, any variety
3 handfuls grated mature cheddar
- Place chopped potato, frozen fish fillets and peas in a pan. Add enough milk to cover and cook on a gentle heat until potatoes are soft, being careful not to burn the bottom of the pan.
- Meanwhile make a cheese sauce. In a separate pan melt the butter, and add the flour to make a smooth paste (roux) and cook for a minute or so. Gradually add the remainder of the milk beating as you go to make a smooth sauce. Keep the sauce fairly thick as you will add the cooking liquid from the fish/potatoes/peas mix.
- Add the cheese to the sauce & stir to melt.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the fish/potatoes/peas and add to the sauce.
- Blitz using a hand blender or mash to desired consistency, adding the milk the fish was cooked in until you are happy with the runniness/lumpiness, depending on the stage of weaning.
- Cool & freeze in portions.
A firm favourite with my 8 month old and tastes so good I'm tempted to try it as a sauce for a fishy pasta bake (though there's never enough left once I've frozen the portions for DS). The ingredients above are a really guide, this recipe makes enough to freeze for several meals, and can be easily adapted by substituting eg sweetcorn or broccoli. I initially made a batch with only one fish fillet, to introduce fish to my 6 month old. As he is getting older I am able to mash the fish/potato/peas to leave more texture.
Baby and weaning