In which I bake a Pie

 

My favourite meal to cook is Pie! Any kind of pie (apart from steak and kidney) will do, but my ‘come dine with me’ dish would be chicken & leek. The recipe is my own, and I probably never make it the same twice in a row, but here is how to do it!

You need: 3 Chicken breasts, 3 Leeks, 1 onion, a small tub of cream, Half a bottle of white wine, a chicken stock cube & some herbs and spices, and some pastry (made, pre rolled or the add water variety!)

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Roughly chop your onions, leeks & cube your chicken, & heat your oil in a deep saucepan

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Brown the leeks & onions, then add the chicken. Once that’s cooked thoroughly reduce the heat and add wine! (about 1 large glass full) and let that reduce down to about half. Using the same amount of stock, add, and reduce.

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Whilst that’s reducing, roll out your pastry (mine is the add water to the floury stuff type, I didn’t have time to make it from scratch), and have a glass of left over wine!  (‘scuse pyjamas!)

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Add the cream, stir, and then add any spices you fancy! I use turmeric and tarragon normally. Simmer the whole load for about 5 minutes to let the chicken really absorb the flavour.

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Add your pastry (I very crudely latticed it, but I normally do I complete topping with pastry leaves!

Cook for 35 mins at 200 degrees… and serve!

IMG_1530IMG_1531It was delicious!

(for people who don’t like pastry, you can top with sautee potatoes, or mash potatoes, browned under a grill)

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And we had M&S profiteroles for pudding. scrumptious!

 

Any other Come Dine with Me addicts? What would your menu be?

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10 Comments

  1. Lisa Cardarelli
    8th December 2011 / 7:44 pm

    I frickin’ LOVE pie!!! I’m yet to make a chicken one and yours looks well nice so i’m gonna try it out!! Yum!!!!! X

  2. 8th December 2011 / 10:30 pm

    your pie looks amazing! I will try this method for sure, never used tumeric or tarragon before. You have made me so hungry now!

  3. Mabel Bagel
    9th December 2011 / 1:16 am

    Wow, this sounds good!  I’ve never eaten any kind of savory pie.  Except for shepherd’s pie, but that doesn’t have crust. 

    Mabel

  4. The Pampered Sparrow
    9th December 2011 / 12:14 pm

    What a perfect meal for a cold winter evening. I love that you took time out for a sneaky glass of wine!! ;D xx

  5. 9th December 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Well, it had been a looooong day, and I had all the pie making to do… it seemed the right thing to do!

  6. Katy
    9th December 2011 / 10:00 pm

    This pie looks AMAZING! especially that it’s a PROPER pie, with the criss cross pastry! x

  7. Tali (the gloss goss)
    10th December 2011 / 4:16 pm

    Love pie!! Yours looks so appetising with the hatch top! Am a huge come dine with me fan. I go over what I would cook in my head all the time. Id do.. a lasagna for main, apple and blackberry pie for desert (as so many people complain about chocolate deserts) but starter..  no idea!

  8. 14th December 2011 / 1:15 am

    I love Leeks, your pie looks so yum. I tried to make a leek and potato soup recently but I used too many leeks and it came out smelling like garbage 🙁 xxx

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