After about 3 weeks of no recipes I’ve done 3 in as many days. There will be one more when I figure out what the hell else to do with the huge amount of chicken casserole I made. Tonight is chicken casserole pies with mash and Jarlsberg cheese.
I’m writhing this as they are in the oven so who know what they are going to turn out like but I’m quietly confident. A pie cooked by an Englishman. guaranteed success! hopefully…..
So this one is super easy and doesn’t take long. This is the benefit of cooking more than you need. You end up with awesome leftovers for the next few nights. Healthy home cooked food that only took up about 20 mins of my time.
You will need;
1 egg and a bit of milk whisked up in a small bowl for the egg wash.
some puff pastry – I’m using the frozen stuff you get in the square sheets. 2 sheets will make 4 pies.
cheese of your choice. I’ve used Jarlsberg for this. Just grate about a handful into a bowl.
left over chicken casserole
left over mash – I have this irrational fear of running out of mash when I serve a meal or make cottage pie so I always make too much mash. This results in me always having some left over so I can do stuff like this with it.
I used a nice heavy oven roasting pan.
1. so get your left over casserole. Pull out a couple of the chicken legs and strip off the chicken. Be careful to not get any bones or chewy bits of cartilage or skin. Pop this in a bowl and spoon out about 3-4 tablespoons of the saucy, vegetable stuff from the casserole onto the chicken and mix well.
2. now slice your pastry squares in half. score a little line half way then prick with a fork around one half of the pastry around the 3 edges.
Now spoon in a bit of mash, then the chicken mixture then a bit of cheese and season with pepper.
Fold over the pastry, turn up the edges and press the edges down with the end of a fork. This make it look pretty and helps to seal in the mixture once it gets hot.
3. Now brush over your egg wash and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top. You can pop a bit of cheese on top after about 10 mins if you like. Anyway, pop in the oven on about 160-170°C for about 20 mins or so. I can’t really tell you exactly as I have the worst oven in the whole world. It’s gas and you can only use it on its lowest setting which says it’s 120°C but that’s a downright lie. So if you have an oven that doesn’t lie to you then you want it on a medium heat for 20-30 mins, or until the pastry has puffed up and gone golden. Once it’s like this remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 mins. The centre will be hotter than the sun so watch out.
That’s pretty much it. Serve with some freshly steamed veg or a nice salad or eat just like that with some tomato sauce. Pretty damn tasty!