Sometimes only pie will do. This easy pie recipe allows you to use whatever combination of fillings takes your fancy. The ultimate comfort food, a slice of hot crusty pie oozing with flavoursome filling is pretty much a hug on a plate. Perfect for lazy Saturday afternoons or quick enough to whip up mid-week, it’s guaranteed to please. Pre-made puff pastry is cheap and foolproof and if Jamie Oliver doesn’t make his own, then neither shall we.
You can use pretty much anything you fancy to make the filling, or better still anything you have in the fridge; a classic user-upper. The brood is fickle when it comes to food. What’s at the top of the charts this week might be off the table – quite literally – the next. This recipe is perfect for such temperamental tastes and can be tweaked accordingly.
Puff pastry may not be the healthiest of choices but man, is it worth the calorie splurge! Some supermarkets do a reduced fat puff-pastry which tastes just as good. If you don’t fancy pastry, mashed potato or breadcrumb topping works too.
Ingredients: Mix and Match
Consider this a pie pick ‘n’ mix. Use the same method and core ingredients and mix and match from the list of fillings. Use as many as you like and play around with combinations until you find one that keeps all your ‘customers’ happy.
- Preheat oven to 190/375/gas mark 5.
- Melt butter or olive oil in a pan.
- Add the leeks or onion and fry on a low heat for 10 minutes or until soft.
- Add the flour to the pan, followed by the milk and stock. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time until the sauce has thickened.
- Add your herb of choice and the mustard.
- Add the other fillings and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, add the cheese and season.
- Pour into a large oven-proof baking dish and set aside to cool.
- Roll out the pastry and place over the pie, trimming and tucking the edges. Don’t panic about what it looks like.
- Get creative with the trimmings and make fancy shapes to put in the centre, or alternatively, do a simple crisscross design with a knife across the surface of the pastry.
- Brush with egg.
- Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Serve with a big bowl of steamed greens or a salad.
Let me know what you think and feel free to add to the list of fillings!