We met, a friendship formed, and then we both moved. We never had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other before our life circumstances changed but she was the sort of friend that came around to hang at my place for the afternoon, brought ingredients for dinner and made it in the kitchen. Friendship with her felt like community should. She is still my friend from afar. Her name is Jenny and this recipe is one of the things she made for me, and I still enjoy making today. It’s a huge hit with the kids too and with other I have made it for. Freezes well so great for making ahead.
Recipe by Jenny
2 cups of cooked chicken (chopped, minced or pulled apart BBQ Chicken)
1 cup finely chopped ham
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (I whizz a piece of bread or crusts in the Thermomix on speed 9 for about 20 seconds)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1.5 tbs (20 grams) plain flour
3/4 cup milk (180 grams)
3 sheets of puff pastry
1 egg beaten for glazing
1. Melt butter.
2. Add plain flour and cook in microwave on high for 40 secs or cook on the stove top for a minute.
3. Add milk and microwave until thick and creamy, stirring every 30 secs or so. If doing it on the stove top, keep stirring until thick and creamy.
I used the Thermomix for the white sauce and this is how I do it.
1. Weigh butter and flour into bowl. Cook on 90° for 2 minutes on speed 2.
2. Add milk and cook on 90° for 5 minutes on speed 3.
1. Place chicken, ham, breadcrumbs, egg and parsley in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Combine white sauce and mayonnaise together and then add to other ingredients and mix well.
3. Place filling in the centre of the pastry, fold over in half.
4. Wet fingertips with a little water and run along the inside edges before sealing by pressing down fork prongs along every edge.
5. Place pastry on a tray lined with baking paper.
6. Glaze with egg wash and prick top with a fork.
7. Bake at 200°C until golden brown. Approximately 15-25 minutes.
I’ve also made this with bacon instead of ham and added frozen corn too. Delicious! (I browned the bacon before adding them to the mix.)
Freezes well. Wrap any leftover uncooked pies in glad wrap, place in a plastic container and freeze.
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