I have a checkered history with pies, you know, uncooked filling, burnt pastry, raw pastry etc etc, so I approached this recipe for Turkey and Gammon Pie with more enthusiasm than hope!
I tend to save a lot of recipes from the Asda and Tesco magazine and never use them, so I’ve turfed a load out this week to try and this one goes like this:
Turkey and Gammon Pie
1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
2 Shallots, halved lengthways and sliced
150g Mushrooms, halved or quartered depending on size
300ml Chicken Stock
1 Tbsp of Fresh Thyme or 1 tsp dried Thyme
1 Tbsp Cornflour
3 Tbsp Creme Fraiche
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
350g Cooked Turkey, Cubed
150g Cooked Gammon, Cubed
250g Ready Roll puff Pastry
1 egg for egg wash
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c Fan/Gas Mark 6.
2. Melt the butter in the pan with the oil and fry the shallots on a low heat until soft.
3. Add the mushrooms and cook until the juices have been released and evaporated.
4. Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Mix the cornflour with some water and stir into the pan.
6. Cook until boiling and thickened, then pour into a cold bowl.
7. Stir in the creme fraiche and mustard, then add the meat and transfer to the pie dish.
8. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin, large enough to cover the dish.
9. Make a pastry collar around the rim of the pie dish, then add the lid.
10. Decorate with spare pastry and egg wash the top of the pie.
11. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
And you’re done.
I was very happy with my efforts, as you can see:
The recipe seems a bit wordy, but it’s fairly straightforward actually. I cooked turkey and gammon specially for this, but it would be great for roast leftovers as you could use just turkey or chicken if you wanted to and as it serves 4, the Asda magazine reckons it would cost 58p per serving to make, so it’s fairly frugal too.
Although it was a cheat’s pie, with only a hat and no coat, I thought it was darn good. The sauce was nice, but slightly thymey as I misread the recipe and put the tablespoon of dried thyme instead of a teaspoon – oops! But in any case, this recipe was part of my meal plan this week, and Mr W ate it (woot!), eldest son ate the pastry and a few bits of turkey but it wasn’t a hit with the smallest member of the household. Ah well, three quarters is not bad!