Xmas leftovers

Over in Cluck Corner I’ve been trying, like most people, to find imaginative ways to use up the Xmas leftovers – without resorting to another turkey curry or ham sarnie. These little pies seem to fit the bill and make a nice lunch on the hoof or could be served up for tea with extra compote on the side. I used apple compote but any fruits should work; even chutneys as long as they’re mostly fruit not vinegar. If you wouldn’t eat it off a spoon – don’t put it in the pies!

  • 250g shortcrust pastry
  • 150g cooked turkey, diced (or chicken)
  • 150g cooked ham, diced (or streaky bacon)
  • 50g cheese, diced
  • 2 tbls fruit compote

Pre-heat oven to 200c (Gas 6). Roll out pastry to fill a deep, 6-hole muffin tray and make lids. Heat a frying pan and add the ham and turkey, cook for about 5-10 minutes ensuring it’s piping hot. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the fruit compote and cheese. This should just bind together without too much extra compote. Spoon the mixture into the pastry cases and press down firmly. Put the lids on top and seal. Brush with beaten egg if you want a nice golden finish and scatter with rock salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, cool in the time for at least 10 mins then cool on a rack.


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