PLAITED CHICKEN, SPINACH AND MUSHROOM PIE

(Makes 1 large chicken pie – serves 6)

This is a wonderful dish to have on standby for unexpected dinner guests or those evenings when you don’t feel like cooking from scratch.

80 g     butter

250 g   mushrooms, sliced

1          bunch spring onions, chopped

100 g   baby spinach

800 g   chicken breasts, cooked, deboned and cubed

Salt and black pepper

80 ml   cake flour

300 ml milk

100 g   feta cheese, crumbled

1 roll (400 g) puff pastry (Use the best quality you can get)

1          egg, whisked with 30 ml milk (egg wash)

METHOD:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Grease a large baking sheet.
  • Heat half the butter in a saucepan and fry the mushrooms. Add the spring onions and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted. Remove from the saucepan and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the butter to the saucepan and stir-fry the chicken until it is cooked. Add seasoning to taste.
  • Return the mushroom mixture to the saucepan, add the flour and stir well.
  • Add the milk and allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for a few minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
  • When the filling is cool, add the feta cheese and check the seasoning
  • Roll out the puff pastry into a 25 x 35 cm rectangle. Divide in three lengthways – only mark, do not cut.
  • Spoon the filling onto the centre third. Cut the pastry on either side of the filling into 2-cm-wide strips, right up to the filling.
  • Brush the strips with the egg wash. Fold strips alternately over the filling to obtain a pretty plaited effect.
  • Place the plaited chicken pie on the prepared baking sheet and brush with more egg wash.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
  • TIP – do the assembling of the pie on baking paper and use it to lift the pie onto the baking dish

 

More Tips:

* Make a lot of pies and freeze them – I normally place the pies on a baking tray, freeze and then package them. Thaw for 1 hour before baking them again – it will take a bit longer than the normal baking period.

* Sprinkle sesame seeds over the egg-washed pastry, just before you place the pie in the oven.

*Place vine-tomatoes on the pie for the last 10 minutes of baking time for added appeal??

 

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