Whiting with Cheese and Breadcrumbs

A simple and relatively economical dish, Whiting with Cheese and Breadcrumbs is perfect for a family supper served with boiled potatoes and fresh minted peas.

4 whiting fillets, skinned

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon white pepper

3 oz. butter

1 oz. flour

8 fl. oz. milk

5 fl. oz. single cream

6 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated

2 oz. dry white breadcrumbs

Rub the fish all over with the salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large frying-pan, melt 2 ounces of the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the fish and fry for 5 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the fish to a large warmed, flameproof serving dish. Set aside and keep hot while you prepare the sauce.

In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter over moderate heat. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour to form a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk and cream, stirring constantly and being careful to avoid lumps. Return the pan to the heat and cook the sauce, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until it is smooth and fairly thick. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the sauce over the fish.

Preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle the cheese and breadcrumbs over the fish. Place the dish under the grill and grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling. Remove the dish from under the heat.

Serve immediately, straight from the dish.

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