BBQ and salad season is over, winter is approaching and many people are looking forward to hearty warming dinners. This is the time to be batch cooking, make a double quantity stew on night 1 and the dinner on night 2 is simple. Other dinners that provide tasty fillings for pies are roast chicken or slow cooked gammon, mix these up with a white sauce and a few vegetable chunks and you have a full dinner inside the pie.
Our fabulous new pie maker will use that leftover stew and make a delicious pie for dinner or a packed lunch. All you need to do is grab some pastry, brought or homemade, roll out to 2-4mm thickness, use the supplied round cutter and put the discs into the cold pie machine, switch it on, and 10 -15 minutes later 2 steaming hot pies will be ready for eating. This is an easy, fun process that is also ideal to get the children involved as it teaches them rolling out, cutting out, chopping and combinations of flavours. Please ensure an adult unloads into the pie maker as it does get hot.
A top tip
Place a strip of grease proof paper around the pie and use as a handle to lift the cooked pies out
If you have a sweet tooth, then get to your local hedgerow now, collect some lovely blackberries and put these together with some diced chunks of cooking apples and you have a scrumptious pudding. The photo shows just how much filling you can get inside one of these pies!
It is time to get experimenting with leftovers and flavours to make the perfect family pie or several different ones to suit the varied tastes in your family. Make sure you have space in your freezer as these pies are ideal to batch make and then freeze for another day when you need dinner fast. Left over pastry, again roll it out and cut to shape and store in the freezer ready for a pie.
If you have any recommendations of pie fillings please share in the comments below as we would love to hear from you.