We've all done it. There's something about Christmas that brings out the hoarder in us all. We know we're only feeding one or two or five or whatever for, probably, just a day or two. Yet somehow we've bought enough food to open a new supermarket.
These days, with all that belt tightening, we're loathe to throw anything away but we're equally loathe to eat turkey sandwiches for a week. So how can you make those leftovers more appealing? Well, we've turned to the professionals.
TV chef Rachel Green suggests bringing in the pastry, either homemade or a pack of ready-made puff pastry, and making a pie. Turkey and stilton is a winning combination and ingredients you've possibly got an excess of.
Rachel Green's turkey and creamy stilton pies
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
400g leftover turkey, brown and white meat (cut into chunks)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only)
1 tbsp of brandy
100ml turkey or chicken stock
150ml double cream
120g stilton cheese, crumbled
375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
1 egg beaten
Sea salt and black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
- Heat the butter and rapeseed oil in a large frying pan, add the onion mushrooms and cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Stir in the cooked turkey, garlic and thyme and cook for a further 3 minutes. Pour over the brandy and allow to bubble for 1 minute, then add the stock and cream and warm through gently. Remove from the heat and stir in the stilton. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
- Divide the turkey mixture between four individual pie dishes.
- Unroll the pastry and cut into four pastry lids (slightly larger than the individual pie dishes). Then wet the rim of the dishes with water. Lay the pastry circles over the top and press to the rim firmly. Make a small slit with a knife to allow the steam to escape. Brush with beaten egg and place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until golden.
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