Ukrainian grandmothers’ fish pie recipe
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Preparation time: 30 min
Baking time: 30 min
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Ingredients for the dough
Ukrainian grandmothers’ fish pie
This is the recipe of former Estonian star actress Evelin Ilves, who taught us personally how to make it at a cooking school in March 2022. In the cookery school, we made the fish casserole as an appetizer, but it can also be prepared as a lighter lunch. Nowadays, Ukrainian grandmothers’ fish pie is a sentimentally charged food, and when we prepare and eat it, we are supporting the Ukrainians in our thoughts.
Pie (Ukrainian: пиріг põrih) is a very common home dish in various Eastern European kitchens. In Slavic food culture, savoury pies are even considered one of the most important dishes, usually served alongside clear soup or broth. It is a traditional home dish prepared by grandmothers for their families in Ukraine. We made our own pie from M.V.Wool salmon fillet, following Evelin’s tips. However, you can also use M.V.Wool’s new product – Mati Kala cold-smoked salmon in the pie.
Evelin also added an extra ingredient to the pie that she says Ukrainian grandmothers probably don’t use in fish pie – sour cream. It adds crunch to the pie, but at the same time makes it much creamier and juicier. And that’s exactly how the fish pie that Evelin and I made together at the cookery school tasted – juicy and creamy.
With the delicious fish pie, we drank Bostavan Dor Feteasca Alba-Chardonnay, a dry white wine from the Etulia region of Moldova. Dor Feteasca Alba-Chardonnay is made from 50% Feteasca Alba and 50% Chardonnay grape varieties and has a fruity, smooth taste. Dor Feteasca Alba-Chardonnay is a great accompaniment to fish dishes
Ukrainian grandmothers’ fish casserole is perfect for any season. In winter, it’s a good warming snack with broth or soup; in summer, it’s a light and quick lunch in the garden.