I was watching Mela today and I had a little giggle when Kajal and Zakkie mentioned that it’s the festive season and turkeys must be having sleepless nights! A little light-hearted Mela humor on a Sunday arvie is just the ticket! If you missed the episode…click here to watch our Christmas episode, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCkHE67Y8Bw and for the recipe from the show, check out the Mela facebook page!
There is also the trauma of the refrigerator that is heaving with leftovers which can be pretty daunting. With turkey…it’s usually that all the good bits are gone and you’re left with the dried out turkey breasts. This used to be a problem but I have found a few ways of turning troublesome leftovers into an absolute feast! If you are still looking for the perfect turkey recipe, click here….https://yudhikayumyum.com/2014/12/12/turkey-time-recipes-for-the-festive-season/ or here for the turkey flattie recipe…https://yudhikayumyum.com/2014/12/04/almost-turkey-time/ !
Trawling through my kitchen….there are a few ingredients that you will always find….garlic, onions, carrots, fresh cream and Magic Masala to spice things up…in the freezer, you are bound to find a stash of buttery puff pastry…and in the garden, lots of fresh herbs!
I take a few ingredients and turn them into a deliciously french inspired filling for a pie….simple ingredients can make a delicious pie filling that is hearty and it can feed my hungry kids….they are the ravenous sort who just love good old-fashioned food! The best part of the pie making is that I get my kids to help out….and it can be a little messy but so much fun!
Thanks to the commercial pie chains and suppliers…we have forgotten how good a home-made one is…it’s just comfort food at it’s best! After the festive over indulgences, serve this pie with a green salad and a little turkey gravy if you have.
40ml sunflower oil
125ml chopped onion
2 leeks, finely chopped
75ml finely diced carrot
30ml fresh thyme, leaves only
8 rashers bacon, chopped
175g button mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100ml white wine
400g roasted turkey meat
100ml fresh cream
5ml black pepper
60ml fresh coriander, chopped
20ml Curry Me Home Magic Masala
2 x 400g puff pastry sheets
1 egg, lightly beaten
Heat the sunflower oil in a 28cm Chef’s Pan and add the chopped onion.
Sprinkle in the salt and sauté until the onion is pale golden.
Add the leeks, carrots and fresh thyme.
Saute until the carrots and leeks soften, add the chopped bacon.
Saute until the bacon browns.
Add the mushrooms and stir fry until they turn brown, then add the garlic and saute for a few seconds.
Pour in the wine, add the turkey and simmer until the liquid reduces by half.
Pour in the fresh cream and simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the turkey pieces.
Add the black pepper and leave the filling to cool.
Check the seasoning and add more salt if necessary.
Grease a baking sheet with non stick spray.
Place one sheet of puff pastry on the sheet.
Cut 4cm off the sides of the second sheet.
Place the cool turkey filling onto the first sheet of pastry.
Sprinkle the coriander and Magic Masala over the turkey.
Cover with the second sheet and gently enclose the filling by folding the excess pastry over the top layer.
Brush with the beaten egg.
If you have extra pastry, cut shapes out and decorate the top of the pie – I get my kids to help decorate the pie!
Brush again with the beaten egg.
Bake at 190°C for 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.