Next I needed to make dinner and use up leftovers from a dinner made in between Christmas and New Year that I had put in the freezer. It consisted of a couple of pork chops, some carrots, broccoli and potato and I needed to stretch it between five without anyone feeling like that were eating less that half a pork chop each. I decided to make a pie but as I'd used all of my regular plain flour up on the run up to Christmas baking a gingerbread house and biscuits it was necessary to use wholemeal.
The recipe is as follows :
For the pastry
250g Plain Wholemeal Flour
pinch of salt
110g butter, cubed
4tbsp cold water
For the filling
2 cooked pork chops*
1/2 pint milk
5 tsp cornflour
100g Wensleydale & cranberry cheese**
1tsp Dijon mustard
* or any other leftovers
** or any other cheese
- Either rub the butter into the flour & salt with fingertips, or use a food mixer or food processor which is much easier, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the water and mix until it starts to come together, wrap in clingfilm & refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Roll out pastry to cover the base of a pie dish and enough for the top.
- Cut the chops and vegetables into bite size pieces
- Boil the milk and add the cornflour mixed to a paste with a little cold water or milk - add a little at a time as you may need more or less cornflour to thicken to custard consistency.
- Stir in crumbled cheese and mustard, then stir the sauce into vegetables/meat
- Spoon filling into pie dish and lay the pastry on top
- Crimp around the edges with a fork and brush all over with milk
- Bake in a 180 degree oven for approx 45 minutes - or until golden brown
|not looking too appetising yet|
|ready for the oven|
|fresh out of the oven|
I served the pie with honey roasted parsnips and mixed vegetables (both from the freezer).
My pastry will never win prizes and always develops holes when I'm rolling out but I must admit this did taste good. The decorative leaves were partly to use up excess pastry and partly to cover over the cracks.
Verdict from the family taste testers : Delicious (well all except Jack who gagged on the pastry and refused to eat any more).