I have a confession to make. I don't like the traditional Christmas dinner very much. I don't care for turkey and roast potatoes aren't my favourites either. But I do like making this from the left over bits of Christmas dinner...
It's a turkey and ham pie! It's so easy to do and I like it better than the original Christmas turkey dinner.
I don't really have a recipe for Turkey and Ham Pie but you don't need one. It's an assembly job rather than a recipe. But here are the ingredients I used:
1 onion diced
Left over slices of ham and turkey cut into bite sized pieces
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 heaping Tablespoons of plain flour
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
1 package of store bought puff pastry
Turkey stock or stock made from a cube
Cream - come on, it's the holidays!
Turn on the oven to 400F or 200C. Butter the bottom and sides of a baking dish or pie dish.
Place the vegetable oil into a large sauce pan, add the onion and cook gently until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the mixed herbs and two heaping tablespoons of plain flour. Stir together until all the flour has coated the onions. Pour in a cup of stock and cook, stirring constantly, until you have a very thick sauce. To make the sauce really rich and tasty, pour in a big splash of cream. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cubed turkey and ham, pour the filling mixture into the baking dish and set to one side to cool a bit while you work on the pastry.
Now here comes my favourite part, the PUFF PASTRY!
This stuff is great. You can buy it in any grocery store. You can even buy it ready-rolled so you just open the package and cut the pastry to fit your pie. I had this block of pastry in the freezer waiting for pie making day. Just place the pastry between two sheets of plastic wrap and roll it out to about 1/8 -1/4 inch thick, cut a piece to fit the baking dish and pop it on top of the pie filling.
If you are feeling frisky, you can cut out decorations from the scraps of pastry. I thought stars were appropriate since it is still the holiday season. Beat an egg and brush over the top of the pastry to make it glossy and golden. Place the pie on a tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is crisp and golden and the gravy is bubbling like lava!
Served with roasted carrots and some bright green peas or broccoli, this meal looks just as festive as any fancy Christmas dinner!
Actually, I think it's better! For another variation on the Turkey Pie, try this lovely Turkey and Leek Pie from Jamie Oliver: Jamie Oliver's Turkey and Leek Pie