Crunchy Pilchard Bake

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Ready in: 20 mins
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Crunchy Pilchard Bake

Phil takes the challenge and creates some interesting recipes on the spot from ingredients brought in by celebrity guests.


  • 1 x 425g can pilchards in brine, strained well
  • Sauce
  • 55g butter
  • 55g flour
  • 565mls milk
  • pepper
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • topping
  • 6 slices bread
  • made into fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • sieved
  • finely grated zest 1 large lemon

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 200°C / gas 6.
  2. Make the sauce by melting the butter, then adding the flour and mixing well.
  3. Add the milk, stir well and bring to a gentle boil, season with pepper only.
  4. Heat the oil, then add the onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes to soften.
  5. Add the warm white sauce and mix well.
  6. Cut the pilchards in half, then place into a small ovenproof dish.
  7. Top with the sauce.
  8. Fry the breadcrumbs in the oil until golden and crunchy.
  9. Add a little salt and pepper, then the egg and the lemon zest.
  10. Pile lightly, onto the sauce and pilchards and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes to warm through.