November 24, 2012

Turkey Day Leftovers

Now that everyone is out of their food coma from Thanksgiving, it's time to talk about what to do with all of those leftovers!
From the cookbook Plenty by Diana Henry, the perfect post-Thanksgiving dish when you have left over turkey and ham. It's been tried, tested and given four thumbs up from our household!

Chicken [or Turkey] and Ham Pie (serves 4)

+  1/4 cup butter
+  3 leeks, cleaned and sliced
+  1/2 cup flour
+  1 3/4 cups milk
+  salt and pepper
+  1 tsp Dijon mustard
+  2 cups leftover cooked chicken or turkey, cut in chunks
+  1 cup cooked ham, cut in chunks
+  2 tbsp chopped parsley
+  nutmeg
+  2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
+  1 egg yolk, mixed with a little water and salt

1//  Melt the butter in a heavy pan and add the leeks.  Cook gently for 5 minutes, add a splash of water, reduce the heat, cover the pan and sweat for 10 minutes.  Add the flour and stir for 1 minute.  Take the pan off the heat and gradually add the milk.  Return to the heat and bring to a boil, stirring; reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Season, and add the mustard, chicken/turkey and ham.  Heat through, then add the parsley and nutmeg to taste. Cool.
2//  Preheat the oven to 400F.  Spoon the mixture into an enamel (we used Pyrex) dish (measuring about 8x9 inches).  On a floured surface, pinch together two sheets of puff pastry and roll out to the thickness of a quarter.  Place on top of the mixture.
3//  Brush with the egg yolk and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden.

From Plenty by Diana Henry. Copyright 2010.


1/3 of our Sunday dinner team moved a back months back.  As a gift we were giving this fabulous new cookbook, "Plenty" - a book filled with good, uncomplicated food for the sustainable kitchen.  It came with a very heartfelt message "Even though we are moving, we can share our Sunday dinners together through the recipes we love."  And that is just what we continue to do.

How do you spend your Sunday? 
Do you have any dinner traditions of your own? 


1 comment

  1. Yummy! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog.

    I can't believe *a certain porcupine* escaped on you! This was always a fear of mine, but oh my gosh, I'm so jealous you get to hang out with her! Is she fifteen or sixteen now? :)


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