Ploughman’s pork & cheese picnic pie served cut into slices

Ploughman’s pork & cheese picnic pie

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

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Serves 8-10

Take all the best bits in a ploughman’s lunch and wrap it in golden pastry to make this fabulous pork & cheese picnic pie. One slice just won't be enough...

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving (10)

  • kcal598
  • fat36g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.8g


  • butter, for the tin



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For the pastry

  • 500g plain flour
  • 175g lard, diced
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten to glaze

For the filling

  • 400g shredded ham meat, or 8 thick slices of ham
  • 200g fatty pork mince or good-quality sausagemeat
  • 300g smoked chicken, or regular chicken if you have it leftover



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  • 100g pickled silverskin onions, halved
  • 1 tbsp coarse grain mustard



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  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon or parsley



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  • 200g red leicester or cheddar, cut into 1cm thick slices


  1. To make the pastry, tip the flour into a bowl with ½ tsp salt. Pour 200ml water into a saucepan and bring up to the boil, then take off the heat, add the lard and leave to melt. Pour the mixture into the flour, beat with a wooden spoon and work into a dough. Cut a third of the pastry off for the top and wrap in cling film then, while still warm, roll out the other two-thirds of the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Butter a 20cm springform cake tin and line with the pastry, leaving a good amount of excess hanging over the side.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 with a sturdy baking tray in it. Make the filling by mixing all the ingredients, except the cheese, together in a bowl and season generously with cracked pepper and a little salt. Pack half the filling well into the lined tin, cover with a layer of cheese slices, then pack over the rest of the filling. Roll the remaining pastry out and lay on top of the filled pie tin, trim the edges leaving a little overhang, and save the trimmings. Crimp the pie all the way around the edge, then brush the top with the beaten egg. Score the top of the pie with the back of a knife to decorate then, using a small cutter, press a hole into the middle of the pie to let steam escape.

  3. Bake for 15 mins, then reduce the heat to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cook for a further 50 mins-1 hr until golden brown. Leave until cold. Can be made the day before and kept at room temperature or chilled for two days. Wrap the pie well and take to the picnic in the tin, with a board and a large knife for serving.

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Paxos Girl
15th May, 2019
I cannot get lard where I live in Greece. Is there anything I can substitute it with? Thank you.
goodfoodteam's picture
17th May, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can substitute the lard with butter.
22nd Apr, 2019
Have made it several times loved by all but would love to know if it can be frozen
goodfoodteam's picture
25th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. Although we think this pie is best refrigerated and eaten within two days, you can freeze the pie once cooked and cooled. It's safer to defrost the pie in the fridge overnight. To check if the pie is ready to eat, push a knife into the centre; it should come out cold but not freezing and the pie shouldn't feel solid.
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