|By goGreen | July 29, 2011|
In London, restaurants used to serve eel pie with mashed potatoes and parsley sauce. This was a very long standing culinary tradition but today it is no longer eel but meat. Jellied eels are still served. Eel is low in Sodium. It is a good source of Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin A and Vitamin B12.
Honestly, I’ve never tasted an eel before but I’ve seen one. Here’s a cool recipe I’d like to share though.
300 g (12 oz) puff pastry
1 kg (2 lb) eels
3 tbls (25 g) 1 oz flour
450 ml (3/4 pint) fish stock made from the eels heads and tails
egg to glaze
1 onion or shallot
2 tbsp (25 g) 1 oz butter
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of nutmeg
1. Wash and skin the eels and remove the heads and tails.
2. Let them soak a while in salt water, then make the fish stock with the heads and tails.
3. Cut the eels into pieces about 5 cm (2 in) long and put them in the bottom of a pie dish with the chopped onion and parsley.
4. Season with pepper, salt and nutmeg. Add a quarter of the stock to the pie dish.
5. Roll out the pastry, make a good thick lid with a small hole in it and glaze with beaten egg.
6. Cook for 15 minutes at 220°C, 425°F, mark 7, until the pastry begins to puff up and brown, then at 180°C, 350°F, mark 4 for 45 minutes.
7. Cover the pastry with foil just before the pie has finished cooking.
8. Make a sauce by melting the butter and adding the flour and the remaining eel stock, stir until thick, add the lemon juice and pour into the pie before serving hot.