Friday, 28 December 2012

Turkey and Ham Pie with Stars!

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
1 egg
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 

16 comments:

  1. Looks yum! And ready rolled puff pastry fits in with my mantra - life is too short to make your own pastry!

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    1. You are SO right! Besides, I don't even know HOW to make puff pastry. :)

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  2. I have to agree that leftover dishes seem much better than the original, although I did have rather a tasty turkey crown this year and I do love roast potatoes.

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    1. I think the leftovers are consumed in a more relaxed atmosphere and we have time to savor the tastes. As the cook, I prepare Christmas dinner for others to enjoy. Leftovers are the cook's treat! : )

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  3. Actually I like these kind of pies, too. Either made with puff pastry like yours or with a yeast dough. And the left overs are really more delicious - the spices had time "to soak in"...

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    1. I have never made a pie with a yeast dough. Would you please tell me how to do it? It sounds wonderful!

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    2. Got to look for the recipe - and translate it! You can do it like a "filled" bread. Or (just upside down as you did it here) you can put the dough into a form and put the filling onto it (like a cake) - add an egg and sour cream and ham or cold meat and vegetables. If a yeast dough is taking too much time, you can take a "ready to bake" pizza- or quiche dough. Depending on how "nourishing" you make the filling it's quite a main course.
      I look for the recipe, as soon I have time. Promised.
      Have a Happy New Year!

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    3. Thank you so much! It sounds like the sort of recipe I would really like. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, too! : )

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    4. So, now my recipe for a pie (or quiche).
      You can make a yeast dough of 200g flour, 15g yeast, 120 ml warm water, 1 pinch salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil or sunflower seed oil.
      Roll it out very thin after you had proved the dough, and put it in a form and put the filling onto it, (or cover the filling with it.)

      For the filling: everything you have as leftovers: vegetables, ham, bacon, cold meat (the more the better). Add onions, garlic, herbs as much as you like. Scramble 2 – 3 eggs with 100g crème fraîche and 5 tablespoon grated cheese (take a spicy one, if you like). Pour it over the vegetables etc.
      Put it into the oven 180 - 200°C about 30 - 40 min until the eggs have set.

      Another dough you can take, and what I like very much (MY FAVOURITE!) is a so called “Quark-Öl-Teig”: quark-oil-dough. It can replace puff pastry, yeast dough and short crust pastry. It is very easy to make! You can make it “salty” for vegetables etc. or “sweet” for fruit cakes.

      The "salty" one
      150g quark
      6 tablespoon milk
      6 tablespoon oil (sunflower seed oil)
      1 pinch salt
      250 - 300g flour
      3 teaspoon baking powder

      Knead everything together. Put it eventually into the fridge for some time, wrapped in cling film.
      If you like to make fruit-cakes (plums or apples with crumbles) add about 75g sugar and if you like a bit vanilla and a small egg.
      Roll it out.
      30-35 min 180°C

      “QUARK-ÖL-TEIG” IS REALLY MY FAVOURITE for all kind of pies, quiche or cakes!
      Sorry, I never wrote a recipe in English, so it might sound a bit chaotic. Please tell me, what perhaps is not clear enough.

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    5. Thank you for these wonderful recipes! I can't wait to make them. The translation is perfect, very clear and concise.

      Thanks again!!!!! : )X

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    6. Hi Deb,
      thank you for your kind comment on my blog!
      The recipe wasn't trouble at all! On the contrary - I learnt new words.

      Try that easy made quark-oil-dough! It's a perfect "allrounder".
      I'm keen to hear about your experience with it and whether you like it, too.
      Greetings
      Calendula

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    7. I have written Quark on my shopping list! : )

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  4. There is something about nicely cooked puff pastry that is pure food porn! Your pie looks yummy!
    I make all my own pastry but my exceptions are puff and filo - life is too short!

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    1. I have a theory, anything cooked in puff pastry is yummy! So good so far. : )

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  5. This pie looks so inviting...I love the stars on top...and it's browned to perfection! It's acutally making me hungry...I might have to give it a go...but I might have to wait another 12 months to do so! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Laura! : ) Christmas will be here again before we know it!

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