Haddock & Spinach Melt

Usually on Sundays I make a roast dinner or sausage and mash for me and my partner to enjoy but, last Sunday I wanted to try something a little different.

I had purchased some haddock earlier in the week with the plan to poach it and make a creamy white wine sauce. However I thought I’d get a little experimental and decided to google other recipe ideas. I quickly found a haddock and spinach cheese melt on the BBC Good Food website and slightly adapted the recipe to make my own version.

Their dish is low in fat so I was trying to come up with something healthy to pair with it. After a few minutes of thinking,  I chose to recreate the same thick cut wedges I had previously made when cooking my steak recipe. They are relatively easy to make and it’s safe to say I’ll never be buying oven chips ever again. Seriously!

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To make your own simply cut 4 large potatoes into thick wedges, leaving the skin on and par boiling for only 5 minutes. Once complete drain the chips, place on a baking tray and spray fry light on each one. Cook for 15 minutes, flip the chips over on to their other side and spray with fry light once again. In total they should take between 30/40 minutes to cook.

Meanwhile, you can start cooking the cheese sauce. I chopped two shallots and two cloves of garlic, frying until golden brown with olive oil and a little bit of pepper. I then added almost an entire bag of spinach (250g) and mixed through until wilted.  Following from that, I then added about 90g of light Philidelphia and sprinkled in some Parmesan shavings. Finally, I took the sauce off of the heat and added to a small baking dish, sitting the haddock on top.

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I followed the BBC guidelines in terms of baking and decided to cook my fish for only 15 minutes in total. You definitely want to get the chips going first, so I put this all in the oven after rotating the chips over.

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You will notice that the BBC recipe includes adding chopped tomatoes on top of the haddock but, I’m not too fond of roasted tomatoes so chose not to include them. I also used smoked haddock unlike their recipe too. I knew this wouldn’t take away from the flavours and would still work to create something super tasty.

This dish is so simple and easy to cook, I’d highly recommend if you are looking for something light for dinner. It looks pretty impressive I think too or at least my boyfriend thought so but, causes minimal kitchen stress for you. It only took about 40 minutes in total to prepare and I think it could be a real crowd pleaser, so I’ll definitely be cooking again.

If you don’t like the idea of cooking chips you could always make buttery new potatoes too or even mash! The cheese sauce could work with salmon or cod if you’d prefer and even chicken if fish isn’t your thing.

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