Decadent Tuna and Corn Potato Pie
Over the last few months I spent a lot of time with friends with kids - and getting a re-introduction to ‘family food’. So lately I have been obsessing about the cheesy, crunchy, buttery tops found on some of the 'family food’ meals I have eaten of late.
Unfortunately I rarely have the key ingredients, cheese and breadcrumbs to hand. However, after having friends for dinner I found myself with half a block of cheese and leftover potato mash in the fridge.
Alas no breadcrumbs - but still the perfect opportunity to create 'family food’ for one!
This dish looks kind of complicated, and in many ways it would probably be more sensible to make a big dish and freeze remaining portions, but a.) that’s not what this blog is about and b.) I really didn’t want to be continually tempted by crunchy, cheesy meals, when I really should be reaching for the Broccoli Soup from the freezer!
So I really wanted to show that it is possible, and worth it to cook something you are craving or would normally categorise as 'not worth it for one’ - as believe me it was worth it - especially as the potato mash I used was leftover from a dinner party the night before, where I had gone all out, and way off the 'whole food / clean’ agenda - and it was rich with garlic, cream and cheese.
If you don’t have potato mash to hand, can’t be bothered making it or simply want a quicker, lower GI, nutrient rich alternative, I would use steamed and mashed sweet potato as the topping.
- Make mashed potato, or if trying to stick to just one pan, lightly boil / steam sweet potato in the frypan until it is soft and can be mashed.
- Set aside sweet potato / potato mash in a small bowl
- Saute onions, then add tuna, corn and coriander
- Remove tuna mix from pan and set aside in a small bowl
- Make white sauce in fry pan, adding creamed corn
- Add white sauce to the tuna and corn mix and mix through
- Put tuna and corn mix into a heat proof baby, casserole dish
- Top with potato mash, butter, breadcrumbs and grated cheese.
- Cook for 10 - 15 minutes in hot oven until top of pie is golden and crunchy
The first steps are to heat the oil, then saute the onions until translucent. Then add the tuna, corn and coriander to the pan and mix through before removing from the pan and setting aside in a bowl.
Making white sauce for one in a frypan
The first step is to melt the butter and then stir in the flour. The key to doing this is making sure it is done on a VERY gentle heat. Then once the butter and flour are combined, gradually stir in the milk. <White sauce can be made in a microwave, or even bought if that makes this dish easier. Otherwise, look out for future posts on making white sauce for one>
Finally add the cream corned to the white sauce, and of course season with pepper and salt if you would like to. It should eventually look like this.
Add white sauce to the tuna and corn mix and stir through then spoon into a small oven proof casserole dish.
Finally add the potato or sweet potato mash to the top, sprinkle over grated cheese and, if you have them, breadcrumbs, then top with 'dabs’ of butter, for that true buttery, cheesy, crunchy, yumminess
If anyone is interested in the recipe for this, leave a comment and I will follow up with the list of ingredients and detailed list of instructions.