Serve up a warming dinner for the family with Mrs Crunch's hearty recipes
SERVING up a warming Sunday dinner for the family is wonderful at this time of year.
And there’s nothing better than a pie dished up with some hearty vegetables and homemade chips on the side.
It’s comforting pub grub at home that everyone will love – and here are three recipes for your delicious feast.
Chicken, ham and pea pie
(Serves 4 – £1.92 per person)
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes
- 30g butter
- 250g frozen peas, defrosted
- 100g ham of your choice, cut into pieces
- 300ml crème fraîche
- 3 tbsp double cream
- 3 tbsp fresh chives
- 3 tbsp grainy mustard
- 500g ready roll puff pastry
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
- Drizzle a little olive oil in a large saucepan, then fry the onion and chicken for five minutes.
- Spoon the chicken mix into a pie dish – its size should be about 23cm x 30cm.
- Top with the peas and ham.
- Mix the creme fraiche, cream, chives and mustard together and top the meat-and-peas mix.
- Brush a little beaten egg around the lip of the pie dish.
- Next, unroll the puff pastry and place over the top of the pie filling.
- Trim away any excess pastry. Crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork.
- Brush the pastry lightly with the beaten egg and, using kitchen scissors, snip three holes in the pastry. This will allow the steam to escape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden-brown and risen.
TIP: IF you don’t like puff pastry, you can choose shortcrust instead.
Braised lettuce and peas with lemon
(Serves 4 – 37p per person)
Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 15min
- 30g butter
- 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
- 3 Romaine lettuces, chopped into quarters and then each quarter halved
- 100ml vegetable or chicken stock
- 150g peas, fresh or defrosted if frozen
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the leeks and cook for 5 minutes, until softened but not coloured.
- Add the lettuce and cook for 3 minutes, then add the stock and peas and braise for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
(Serves 4 – 65p per person)
Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 55min
- 850g large Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes, cut into thick chips – you can peel if you prefer
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- ½ tsp garlic granules
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Pat the chips dry with kitchen paper and transfer to a large baking tray.
- Toss with the oil and granules, if using. Spread in a single layer and bake for 25 minutes. Turn over then bake for a further 30 minutes.
TIP: Use a mixture of white and sweet potatoes.
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