Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to win a selection of pre-made pastry cases from Pidy. I have used their cases before when I made festive vol-au-vents and vanilla mousse with edible spoons so was looking forward to trying them. One of the things that caught my eye was a selection of zakouski, which were fluted pastry shells. The name sparked my imagination and I thought it sounded Russian. Looking further into it I found that Zakouski are Russian hors d’oeuvres, which usually consist of tiny open sandwiches spread with caviar, fish or smoked sausage. They can also be a cold dish such as radishes in sour cream, all usually served with vodka.
I decided I was going to try and use them with a fish filling as I know fish is used a lot in Russian cooking. This is not a Russian dish but it is a very healthy and delicious way to cook fish in sauce. The sauce could also be used with chicken and would taste equally nice. The Zakouskis just needed to be warmed in the oven for five minutes and then I filled them with the fish sauce. You could also serve the fish with new potatoes as a main course. I found my son eating the leftovers out of the pan, he liked it so much.