Christmas pie

Christmas pie

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins Plus cooling

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Cuts into 10-12 slices
Combine a few key Christmas flavours here to make a pie that both children and adults will adore

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal488
  • fat28g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • knob butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g sausagemeat or skinned sausages
  • grated zest of 1 lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 85g ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped

    Apricot

    ay-pree-kot

    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 50g chestnut, canned or vacuum-packed, chopped

    Chestnut

    chest-nut

    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 2 tsp chopped fresh or 1tsp dried thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 100g cranberries, fresh or frozen

    Cranberry

    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 500g pack ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • beaten egg, to glaze

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Heat 1 tbsp oil and the butter in a frying pan, then add the onion and fry for 5 mins until softened. Cool slightly. Tip the sausagemeat, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, apricots, chestnuts and thyme into a bowl. Add the onion and cranberries, and mix everything together with your hands, adding plenty of pepper and a little salt.

  2. Cut each chicken breast into three fillets lengthwise and season all over with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan, and fry the chicken fillets quickly until browned, about 6-8 mins.

  3. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to line a 20-23cm springform or deep loose-based tart tin. Press in half the sausage mix and spread to level. Then add the chicken pieces in one layer and cover with the rest of the sausage. Press down lightly.

  4. Roll out the remaining pastry. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and cover with the pastry lid. Pinch the edges to seal, then trim. Brush the top of the pie with egg, then roll out the trimmings to make holly leaf shapes and berries. Decorate the pie and brush again with egg.

  5. Set the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 mins, then cool in the tin for 15 mins. Remove and leave to cool completely. Serve with a winter salad and pickles.

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Comments (151)

bevdownes's picture

Thanks both very much, really helpful advice.

haynebartonfarm's picture

Bev,
Sorry, forgot to put after baking!

haynebartonfarm's picture

Bev
Made this two years ago about a month before christmas and froze it complete. Took it out on 30th December and had it as part of a New Years Eve party.

kathrynyoung's picture
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BEV... I always make this on 23rd or 24th dec and we have it as part of a buffet on the 24th and 25th keeps very well, just make sure your sausagemeat and chicken has a long enough date on

bevdownes's picture

At which point would this be frozen, before or after baking? I want to serve on boxing day but don't want to cook on Christmas day! Or would it keep if I made it Christmas eve?

feeney567@googlemail's picture

Has any one made mini pies with this recipe? I love it and have made it 3 years running and am about to make it again but thought I'd try to make small pies.

fairytailcastles's picture
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we first made this pie back in 20005 for a pre christmas party and every one loved it ,i would not change anything
ann potocki sheffield 10 out of 10

ctlarnold's picture
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If you prepare and freeze this dish ahead of Christmas how long does it take to re-heat and at what temperature? Thanks

cas444's picture
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Made this last christmas for boxing day buffet and everyone loved it.

Want to make it this year but need to make it in advance. And idea how long I could this in the freezer for?

cas444's picture
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How far in advance could you make this? I am due to give birth on 1st Nov. so would ideally like to make it before then. Would that be ok?

janjam's picture
5

Really impressive and it comes out just like the picture. Just wondering if I can do a Summery version of this, will have to have a go!

shinnell's picture
5

Now part of the family christmas tradition - this year with a little one arriving I made it ahead and froze it. Was still as good defrosted. Love it. I leave out the chestnuts now though, just couldn't taste them so not worth trawling the supermarket to find them.

cheeselog's picture

Can this be made using the left-over cooked turkey? Has anyone tried this?

sallywalton's picture
5

I made this a couple of days ago and found the recipe very easy to follow. The result was a great success. Extremely tasty and very festive flavours. When it came out of the oven, I quite fancied it hot. Maybe next time I will try it that way. Went down very well with our guests last night and I will certainly make this again.

kathrynyoung's picture
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I MADE THIS PIE LAST YEAR AND WILL MAKE AGAIN THIS YEAR ITS GREAT FOR HAVING AS PART OF A BUFFET, MY HUSBAND DOESNT LIKE THE FRUIT AND SAVOURY COMBO SO I USE SAUSAGEMEAT,CHICKEN AND SOME GARLICKY MUSHROOMS FOR MOISTURE, I THINK YOU COULD USE LOTS OF DIFFERANT FILLINGS DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO HAND

worldwidewade's picture
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Made this last year and it was everybody's favorite. Will be making two this year at least

knottiman's picture
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I made this last year and it was frozen, just perfect, so good I`m making two this year

knottiman's picture
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I made this last year and it was frozen, just perfect, so good Ièm making two this year

motherhen2234's picture

@Maquilladora I froze it after baking it

maquilladora's picture

I wonder if anyone can help me? When do you freeze this pie? After it is completely cooked or before cooking? Thanks! :)

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