To round off the calendar, here is probably my tastiest creation yet. It is based off of a meal served to me by a friend, which was in turn based on his mother’s Turkey and Ham pie. Hi Davi! Hi Davi’s mum!
Not only is the recipe delicious, it is also fairly simple, and probably most excitingly, uses up a whole heap of leftovers you could have from Christmas Dinner. Cooked turkey, the fresh sage that escaped the stuffing, double cream that missed the pudding, a glug of white wine forgotten in the bottle, leftover crisps that might have staled overnight, a scrap of cheese left from the cheese board and some bread, made into crumbs.
Boxing Day Pie
- 1 medium onion
- 1 leek
- A good handful of fresh sage
- 1/3 vegetable stock cube (just pinch a bit off)
- A healthy glass of white wine
- 100ml double cream
- 2 portions of cooked turkey
- Approx a slice’s worth of breadcrumbs
- A large handful of crisps, preferably cheese and onion
- 35g grated cheese
Chop your onion and leek finely and brown in a glug of oil. Roughly chop the sage and add it when the vegetables are just about done.
Pour in your liquid ingredients, plus the turkey, and stir to combine. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and the stock cube crumbled in to the mix. Simmer for 10 minutes or so until the sauce is reduced.
Meanwhile, make your crust. Make your bread crumbs in a food processor, then add the crisps. Blend until they are roughly crumbed too, then give it a couple of pulses with the cheese added, to mix.
When the filling is ready, add to your pie dish. Cover with a generous coating of the crust mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated over at 190 c until the top is golden and crisp.
This pie can be eaten with pretty much any side, or on its own, scoffed out of the dish (don’t judge me- all this baking is hungry work!). I love that this method uses up so many leftovers, many of which might get thrown away. And whilst I love a good short crust pastry pie, the crumb crust is a lovely addition to this recipe.
This recipe also works with chicken, of course, or even leftover vegetables if you want to make a veggie version. And a splash of leftover gravy is only going to make the sauce tastier!
I hope your Christmas Day is merry and bright, and your Boxing Day delicious.
All my love,