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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

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



    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



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

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



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

  • 2 tsp chopped fresh or 1tsp dried thyme


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

  • 100g cranberries, fresh or frozen


    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



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


  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)

brendaclark's picture

Hi - interested to know if anyone has successfully made a mini-sized pie?

tinatolman's picture



jodibxt's picture

I made this for the first time last week and it is absolutely delicious, and makes a nice change. I am not much of a chef but found this very easy to make and everyone has been really impressed, as I don't ever usually make more than pasta dishes! I am making another one tonight for family.

turron's picture

When do you freeze? Is it before or after baking?

willowby's picture

Was really excited about making this after reading all the great reviews and judging by the ingredients it sounded really delicious. Frankly I was underwhelmed, yes it was very nice, but so so nice that I cant wait to make it again, in fact I probably wont. If I do I'll definitely give the apricots a miss as I didn't like the flavour they added and I probably would use slightly less onion. Oh and be careful when roasting chestnuts I've never done them before and didn't realise that they can explode when cooking - it looked like it had been snowing in my oven when I discovered that!

welshleo's picture

Last year I made this on Boxing Day with leftover turkey and ham. Just make sure you buy some extra sausages or sausage meat before Xmas and Hey Presto you've used up lots of leftovers and everybody just gobbles it up!

rhfrancis's picture

Made this last year and it's definitely on the list for Xmas 'must have eats' for this year. Will make in advance and freeze for the big day.

roseleanor's picture

An absolute winner on Xmas buffets! Never fails to please.

stevefredtaylor's picture

Demand from family to do it again this year. A recommendation from discerning gluttons!

alisonashton's picture

This will be the fifth Christmas I have made this recipe and it has become a Mum's Special!
It goes really well the fabulous Good Food Magazine Christmas Chutney...where would we be at Christmas without Good Food Magazine?

lynda30's picture

I have made this pie for christmas and everyone loved it, I changed the cranberries to a mix of cooking and eating apple and made it again for Easter and it was still a winner.

gervais's picture

I first made this a couple of years ago and my husband always asks me to make it again, I have not done but only because 'Good Food' manage to produce fantastic recipes every year. I think maybe I will do it again this year as it does freeze really well freeing up time at a normally hectic season.

joannepd's picture

Made this beforehand and froze it. Defrosted it in cool place overnight and served it cold with pickles as part of Boxing Day buffet. Very well received by everyone young and old. It will certainly become a regular Christmas dish.

hlnharrison's picture

Made this on Christmas Eve with the honeyed carrot salad. It was lovely but I froze the remains and when it is not Christmas it does not work so well. Whilst I enjoyed the apricots and the cranberries outisde of Christmas I found them overpowering and unnecessary. This makes a wonderful addition to a buffet table.

rachelhiggins's picture

Made this for our family meal on christmas day, it lasted to have cold on boxing day too and was delicious!! I was really impressed with this pie and it tasted and good as it looked. We had it with spiced red cabbage, peas and gravy.

wansteadpaul's picture

Carrie's version on Christmas Eve was sensationally succulent, a gourmet orgiastic explosion of culinary brilliance. Make it now, make it often.

nellieaustin's picture

What a winner. Everyone loved it. Iwill certainly be making it again

earthling's picture

My first went down very well. It froze, defrosted and travelled brilliantly. It actually made me look a better cook than I am!

goldenboots's picture

I love the sound of this pie and am thinking of making it for a buffet on 17th Jan.
What do you think it would be like if I used no onions? One of our guests cannot eat any thing from the onion family? Will it be too bland? Shall I just up the seasoning?
Would be glad of advice; above comments already very useful.

1303sd's picture

This was a wonderful pie, son-in-laws, brother-in-laws ,daughters ,and sister-in-laws all loved it I made 2 of them and have passed the recipe around my large family this has got to be the best

Like Jeanathan said a must for every xmas ,But why stop there it is an any time pie for family gatherings


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