FISH IN A FISH

FISH IN A FISH

PASTRY
5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavored Crisco
3/4 cup ice cold water

FILLING
2 tablespoons margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup converted rice
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 pounds canned red salmon, drained, reserve liquid

SAUCE
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons flour
Salmon juice and evaporated milk (to make 1 1/2 cups)
8 ounces cooked small shrimp
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon Johnny’s season salt

ASSEMBLY
1 egg, beaten
Green olive slice for eye
1 lemon
Parsley

  1. Pastry: Toss flour with spoon and lightly measure leveling off each cup. Combine flour and salt in large bowl. With pastry blender cut in shortening to size of small peas. Add cold water, tossing with a fork until pastry clings together. Press firmly into a ball and divide in half.

  2. Filling: In 2 quart saucepan, melt margarine and sauté onion until clear. Add rice, stirring to coat. Add 1 1/2 cups water, cover and steam over low heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, cool, cover and chill.

  3. Remove backbone and skin from canned salmon and break into large flakes.

  4. Sauce: Make a roux with margarine and flour. Stir in liquid and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in dill weed, season salt and shrimp. Cool.

  5. To assemble: Draw a fish shape on light cardboard to fit diagonally on a large baking sheet. Roll out pastry and cut out fish shape. Place on sheet. Spread rice mixture over pastry within 1" of edge. Arrange fish over rice. Spoon sauce over salmon. Roll out remaining pastry to cover and gently place over fish. Moisten edge with ice water and press top crust to seal. Cut excess pastry from around edge. Create fish scales by pressing with fork. Using a knife, cut in slit for mouth and x for eye. With scissors, make rows of snips 1" apart along back toward tail. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 425º for 15 minutes, then at 375 for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Slide off end of tray onto serving platter. (May need to cool slightly to firm crust before moving.) Garnish with lemon slice twists and parsley and place green olive slice for eye.