A good friend of mine had some fairly major surgery this week so I wanted to cook their family something that was easy to reheat and something that their kids would eat too.
I was going to cook up a big pie but instead I remembered....the dinosaur. It doesn't look like an actual dinosaur but it sure is as old as one. This wonderful appliance is something that many people have and that most people no longer use. It is a pie maker!
My husband brought this into our marriage. He thinks it is from his uni days. It is so old that it even has a fabric cord. But it still works fantastically and makes all sorts of pies, really easily.
I chose to make a chicken and mushroom pie. It can be made in the pie maker, or just as easily in the oven.
Chicken & Mushroom Pie
(makes 4 pies)
2 sheets of puff pastry
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 leek, sliced
250g of chicken breast, diced
1 tablespoon of flour
40g of butter
1 cup of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of cream
Thyme or other fresh herbs
salt and pepper to taste
1. Get your pie maker out or preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan and brown the chicken, then transfer to a plate.
3. Heat half the butter with a little extra olive oil and cook the leek until it is soft. Add mushrooms and stir until cooked through. Remove and transfer to a plate.
|adding oil to the butter helps the butter not to burn|
4.Add more butter to fry pan then add flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the chicken stock stirring continuously. Return the leek mixture and chicken to the pan and add the herbs and cream.
5. Meanwhile, cut pastry into circles larger for base and smaller for lid (or line a pin tin with pastry and cut a lid to size.
6. Fill pastry cases with filling and cook for 5 mins in the pie maker or 20 -30 minutes in the oven or until pastry is cooked.
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