Tuna and Spinach Mornay Pie

This is a family meal, and a good way to get children to eat vegetables, as they are hidden!  If need be, cut them up very small so they do not actually see them.  This is healthy, as it has tuna in it which is rich in Omega 3's.

The taste of this meal is extra delicious, and quite easy to make with only 30 minutes of cooking time.  It can also be heated up easily in the microwave if you are making it for less people than five - I generally only cook for about 2 people but had visitors when I made this meal.

I generally use John West large tins of tuna in spring-water, however tuna in brine will also be OK - I do not use much salt in cooking due to high cholesterol problem!

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 5 servings

50 g butter
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
¼ cup plain flour
2 cups milk
150 g baby spinach leaves
425 g can tuna in spring-water, drained
2 tbsp lemon juice
Mushrooms (optional)

400 g potatoes
350 g celeriac
2 tbsp milk
30 g butter
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Boil the celeriac pieces for about 20 minutes, and while this is cooking, boil the potatoes until done. 
Uncooked celeriac
Mash this with the milk and butter until it is smooth.  I used a Bamix -see link on Review Clue

Stir in the cheese, and cover it to keep it warm.

Melt the butter in a wok or saucepan, and cook the chopped onion for about 5 minutes or until it is transparent.

Add the flour to this, and cook stirring until the mixture thickens.  Gradually add the milk and stir till the mixture thickens and boils.

Remove it from the heat, and add the spinach, tuna and lemon juice.

Stir all these ingredients together.

Preheat the grill in your oven.

Spoon the tuna mixture into a shallow dish - around 2 litres, and top with the mushrooms if using.

Add the mash mixture on top of this, as well as a bit more cheese (optional).

Grill until it is lightly browned.

Slice, or spoon on to your plates and serve - you have vegetables in this pie, so it is a balanced meal, however you could also make any type of salad to go with this.


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