Leftover Turkey and Ham Pie
There is no better way to celebrate Christmas leftovers than with a creamy pie with a thick, crumbly pastry – and we believe, that a homemade herbed, buttery short-crust pastry is the best of all pastries to use.
Serves 6 Total Time 1.5-2hrs
For the filling:
- 1 leek, halved lengthways and chopped
- 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
- 6 shallots, peeled and quartered
- 2 tsp olive oil or butter
- 250g mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp thyme leaves, roughly chopped
- 100ml white wine
- 400g leftover turkey shredded
- 150g leftover ham, cut into 2cm cubes
For the white sauce:
- 50ml butter
- 50g plain flour
- 550ml milk
- 2 bay leaves
For the pastry:
- 275g plain flour
- 130g butter, cubed
- 1 tbsp thyme leaves
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 egg beaten, with 2 tablespoons milk
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Then begin by making the pastry.
- Sift the flour into a bowl and add the butter, thyme, a generous pinch of salt and a good twist of black pepper.
- Rub the mixture together with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Add the egg yolk and stir together until a smooth dough begins to form – if the dough looks too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it binds.
- Shape into a round ball, wrap in greaseproof paper and rest in the fridge until ready to use.
- Place a large pan over a medium heat and add the leek, celery, shallot and oil or butter. Lightly season and sauté for 3–4 mins until the vegetables soften.
- Increase the heat a little and add the mushrooms and thyme, stirring for a further 3–4 mins until the mushrooms start to brown.
- Add the wine and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by about a half.
- Transfer the mixture to a pie or casserole dish and stir through the cooked turkey and ham. Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter for the white sauce, before whisking through the flour. Whisk over the heat for a minute or so before gradually adding the milk, whisking all the time to avoid any lumps forming.
- When all of the milk has been incorporated, add the bay leaves, season generously and continue to whisk over the heat until a lovely, thick sauce forms.
- Remove and discard the bay leaves and pour the white sauce over the turkey ham and leek mixture and stir together- check the seasoning once more.
- Lightly flour a cool, clean work surface and roll out the pastry, turning regularly as you roll it into a shape that will neatly fit your dish.
- Roll until it is about 0.5cm thick, then gently lift it and place it over your dish. Press it into the edges of the dish before removing any excess.
- Roll out the excess and cut into shapes of your choice and arrange over the top of the pastry and brush with the egg wash (the egg and milk mixture).
- Bake the pie for 25–35 mins until the top is golden and the pastry is cooked through.
- Serve warm with wilted seasonal greens, grain mustard and a delicious, creamy mash.