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Potato and Cockle Pie

ingredients

serves 4
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp (1 oz) 25 g butter
1/3 cup (50 g) plain flour (All purpose)
425 ml (15 fl oz) milk
350 g (12 oz) cockles, fresh
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp chives, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb (450 g) potatoes, cooked
4 tbsp cream or top of the milk
2 oz (50 g) cheese, grated
2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs

method

1. Fry the onion in the butter until soft and transparent.

2. Stir in the flour and remove from the heat.

3. Slowly blend in the milk.

4. Return to a medium heat and stir continuously until the sauce thickens, then allow to cook for 2 minutes.

5. Add the well rinsed cockles, parsley, chives and seasoning.

6. Put into an ovenproof dish.

7. Mash the potatoes, mix well with the cream and spread over the cockles.

8. Sprinkle the cheese and breadcrumbs on top of the potato and bake in the oven Gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes, until heated through and golden brown on top.

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