This is a first. I am sharing with you a recipe I have eaten several times, in my own dining room, but a recipe that I have yet to actually cook myself. This is truly a dish handed from mother to son. Mark has mastered this and makes it every couple of months when we get a hankering for it. We always have it with broccoli, ’cause the cheddar sauce is oh-so-good drizzled over that as well as the fish. The kids love it more than any other fish meal (aside from, maybe fish tacos). Trust me, there are NEVER any leftovers!
Oh, and good news! Did I mention it is E-A-S-Y??
If you like your sauce on the thicker side, let it cook (stirring constantly) a minute or two longer. Then it is as easy as pouring it over the fish and baking it all until it’s bubbly and hot! This is no-fail, and this crisp and sunny September weather is just begging for a meal like this. Go for it!
**I apologize that these photos are not up to my usual mouth-watering standard, but I was starving and ended up rushing the shots. Bad, bad blogger!! We’ll make this again soon, and I’ll replace these with better photos eventually. But, I just couldn’t wait to share this awesome recipe with you!
1 1/2 pounds haddock, without skin
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups low fat 1% milk
8 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If working with large pieces of haddock, cut into 6 similarly sized portions. Place fish in an ungreased 9×13 glass or metal baking pan and set aside.
2) In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, pepper, and dry mustard.
3) In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour mixture and whisk together and let cook for about 1 minute.
4) Slowly pour milk in, stirring with a whisk. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring most/all of the time. Sauce will take about 7-8 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese. Stir until melted.
5) Poor sauce over haddock. Cook uncovered in oven for 25-30 minutes. Fish is done when it is hot and flakes easily with a fork.
Serve with brown rice or sweet potatoes or mashed baby red potatoes and broccoli! ENJOY!