Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie

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We love, love, love Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Leek Pie recipe and most often make it with Chicken instead.

It is easy, quick and incredibly tasty.

If you like a good hearty pie, then this is for you and since this june’s weather is a little unseasonal, it’s not out of place for supper with these low evening temperatures.

a hearty portion of pie

a hearty portion of pie

Don’t cheat with the ingredients as it makes all the difference.

We use our own stock because of the flavour and what it does for the gravy but a good quality stock would suffice.

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Where we do cheat is we use frozen ready made flaky pastry. I think that is allowed in order to make it as easy as possible. And quite honestly, I am RUBBISH at making pastry.  You don’t have to do any trimming around the pie dish either because the pastry gets tucked in around the edges to tidy it up and nothing is wasted.

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I love it made in these old enamel tins just like my gran used to make her pies (that or an old plate that became unrecognisable from the crazing that the heat of the oven did to it).

spuds

spuds

The best time of the week to do this recipe is a Monday or Tuesday night when you have the left overs from a chicken sunday roast. You have the chicken bones for the stock and you have the left over chicken meat to add to the leeks. To be honest, we’ve bought a chicken specifically to make this pie and used the breast for something else.

plating up

plating up

Combine that with some tasty roasties and a glass of crisp sauvignon blanc and you have all you need.

 

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food, glorious food

the last one!

We seem to be accumulating friends that are demons in the kitchen.  I already wax lyrical about my friend V and her culinary skills. All of our friends can put together a tidy supper party really and our new upstairs neighbours are rapidly joining the ranks of our foody friends.

a lovely crunchy coating of meringue

Jess and Jules came to supper on Saturday night and very kindly brought pudding. We have enjoyed their hospitality already and we took pudding ourselves so it has kind of set the tone.  I had mentioned when we were enjoying their grub and grog that my favourite pudding of all time was lemon meringue pie. Imagine my dribbling delight when 6 perfectly formed, single portion, lemon meringue pies arrived through our door at 8pm on Saturday night.

who gets the last one then?

I admire anyone who can make good pastry.  All my attempts are disastrous and I always end up buying it ready made. I’m pretty bad at yorkshire puddings too (my northern roots mean I am pretty ashamed to have to make that claim) so feel slightly let down by all things flour!!!

only crumbs left

My niece, my sis and my step mum all seem incredibly good at pastry as is my friend V (unquestionably good) and I really wish I could get it. Until I do, however, Jusroll is going to have to save me (or our friends are!)!!