I wanted to find easy ways to include fish in Madeleine's diet and since she loves feeding herself so much I thought it would be pretty handy if I could make a fish pie that she could feed herself without there being a terrifying amount of mess afterwards! These are the wonderful result and they are utterly delicious if I do say so myself.
Makes 16 'fingers'
150g leek, cut, quartered and rinsed
5g fresh parsley
5g panko breadcrumbs
5g cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1 egg (you will not need all of this- I use approximately 1 tbsp)
1 tsp mayonnaise
4 tbsp fine polenta
Preheat the oven to 200Oc and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Melt the butter over a medium heat and add the prepared leeks. Cover and leave to sweat down for 10-15minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent them catching and add some water if they do. Remove and allow to cool fully. [Note: I often do this the day before I am making them and just leave in the fridge until I have a moment to make the fish fingers].
Place all the ingredients apart from the polenta in a food processor and blitz down until there are no large pieces. Using a tablespoon scoop out 16 portions and roughly shape into 'fingers. Place directly on the prepared baking tray and place in the fridge for 15-20minutes to firm up. Once firm remove and roll each finger in the polenta to create a thin coating. Place back on the prepared baking tray and straight into the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through.