Saturday, 14 December 2013

Turkey, Ham and Leek Pie

This is a recipe I got from my children's grandmother. It really comes into it's own after Thanksgiving or Christmas, but you can substitute chicken and have it other times in the year.

Turkey, Ham, and Leek Pie


2 1/4 ounce butter
2 sliced leeks
1 pint dry cider (hard cider)
1 1/2 ounces plain flour
1 pound diced turkey
8 ounces diced, cooked ham
2 cox apples, peeled and sliced (or another firm eating apple)
1 tsp crushed green peppercorns (in brine)
1/4 pint double cream (thick cream)
salt for seasoning (taste first)
Ready roll puff pastry
Beaten egg


1. Melt butter in a large pan, add the sliced leeks, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes

2. Blend dry cider and plain flour.

3. Remove leeks from pan and pour in cider mixture. Heat until thickened, then remove from heat and stir in leeks, diced turkey, diced ham, apples, and peppercorns. Taste and season if necessary with salt.

4. Add double cream and put into a deep pie dish. Taste and season if necessary with salt. Make a lid with the puff pastry and use to cover the pie. Brush with beaten egg.

5. Bake at 170C/325F/Gas mark 3 for 40 minutes until the pastry is golden.