Smoked haddock stuffed onion
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes
300g (10oz) sweet potatoes
6 large onions
300ml (10fl oz) milk
2 sprigs of thyme
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
300g (10oz) undyed smoked haddock
½ tsp smoked paprika
Small bunch each of basil and parsley, chopped
100g (4oz) mature cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/R6. Place the sweet potatoes in the oven and bake until cooked through.
- Place the whole onions, including the skins, in a pan of water and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer until they feel soft when you insert the tip of a knife. Remove and leave to cool.
- In a large pan, bring the milk, thyme, garlic and bay leaf to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave for 20 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Return the milk to the boil and add the haddock. Cook for 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.
- Once the onions have cooled, cut off the tops and set aside. Gently scoop out the onion flesh. Chop ¾ of the scooped out flesh from one onion and put it in a large bowl. Place the onion shells upside down to allow any juices to drain out.
- Scoop out the flesh from the baked sweet potatoes, mash and place in the bowl with the onion.
- Drain the haddock (keeping the cooking liquid). Remove the skin and any bones, flake the flesh and place in the bowl with the sweet potatoes.
- Remove the garlic from the milk and add to the sweet potato and haddock. Mix together with the paprika, herbs, half of the cheese and a little of the reserved milk.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/R4. Spoon the sweet potato mix into the onion shells and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar. Place the onions in a tray with a little water, with the top of each onion next to it. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Place the top back on the cooked onion and serve.
Recipe and image courtesy of lovesweetpotatoes.com
© Felice Tocchini 2014