Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Chicken, Bacon, and Leek Pies


Chicken, Bacon, and Leek Pies are really comforting food. This is my first time to make it and I really want to share the recipe with you because it tastes absolutely delicious!

Chicken, Bacon, and Leek Pies 

Ingredients :
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk with 1 tbs milk, lightly whisked
sesame seeds as needed

Pie filling:
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
6 rashers bacon, chopped
600g skinless chicken thigh fillet, diced
2 sprigs thyme
½ cup plain flour
375ml chicken stock
1 lemon, zested and juiced

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. For the pie filling :
- Place butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add leek and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add bacon and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.
- Add chicken and thyme and continue cooking until chicken is just cooked through, about another 5 minutes.
- Add flour to pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. 
- Add chicken stock and 375ml water and bring to a simmer, stirring continuously until sauce has thickened.
- Stir through lemon juice and zest and season. Set aside to cool.
3. For the pastry :
- Cut 3 circles of pastry to fit muffin tray (I used egg ring). 
- Prick the base with forks to release any trapped air, which is what causes the centre to rise up.
- Spoon filling into cases.
- Cut another 3 circles of pastry that slightly bigger than the egg ring to cover the pastry with the filling. 
- Pressing firmly around the edges. 
- Make a few small holes with a fork in the top.
- Brush the top of the pies with egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Place in the oven to bake until the pastry is golden and crisp and filling is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.



tips : I used the leftover cuts of the pastry to make mummy dogs. Just wrap the pastry around the hotdog. Brush it with egg mixture and bake in the oven until the pastry turns golden and crisp.

Details as below :


For my eldest son, the lunch consists of :
1. Chicken, bacon, and leek pie
2. Corn on the cob
3. Siomay with fish roe on top (recipe here)
4. Checker & rabbit apple cuts for recess



For my youngest son, the lunch consists of :
1. Mummy dogs
2. Corn on the cob
3. Siomay with fish roe on top (recipe here)
4. Kiwi fruit for recess

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