England is not known for its cooking, but sometimes that reputation is uncalled for. Sure, jellied eels, deep-fried pizzas and french fry sandwiches (aka chip butties) are not to everyone’s taste, but in a cold, wintery climate a warming dish cannot be beaten. There is one thing I miss in particular from my London days: a good savoury pie.
Every country seems to have its own variation on a baked crust with a savoury filling, but it is hard to beat a good English pie… ask my children, I think they would agree.
This is my version of a pie, but any suggestions or spins on the subject are more than welcome.
– Left over chicken from a roast chicken
– mushroom or leeks (depending on preference)
– an onion
– a can of sweetcorn (I personnally am not a huge fan, but some people do get very exicted about sweetcorn)
– chicken stock
– about 150 ml of créme fraiche
– 1-2 tablesppons of flour
– a roll of puff pastry
Pre-heat the oven to about 180 degrees. Now fry the onion gently in some olive oil. When it is nice and soft, add in the vegetables and cook them them all together for about 2 minutes. Top the mixture up with some chicken stock so that the mixture is just covered and let it all bubble away gently until the vegetables are tender. By this time the stock should have reduced quite a lot.
Add in the left over chicken. Also add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour to thicken up the mixture and and the créme fraiche. Taste and flavour with salt and pepper until it tastes good to you.
Put the mixture in a pie dish and cut out a lid out of the puff pastry to cover it. Stick it into the over until it is golden brown on top.
Enjoy! I normally serve the pie with a salad. Traditionally, in England, it would be served with mashed potatoes, known as Pie n’ Mash for short!
You can download chicken pie here.
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Oh come on… I’ve lived in London for nearly 7 years and I’ve never even seen a jellied eel, a deep-fried pizza or a french fry sanwhich.
Perhaps I need to spend more time in cheap pubs!
umm, chip butties… and that pie looks delicious!
Oohh this sounds delicious!
I’m going to give it a go!