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


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil in a large saucepan, then fry the onion and chicken for five minutes.
  3. Spoon the chicken mix into a pie dish – its size should be about 23cm x 30cm.
  4. Top with the peas and ham.
  5. Mix the creme fraiche, cream, chives and mustard together and top the meat-and-peas mix.
  6. Brush a little beaten egg around the lip of the pie dish.
  7. Next, unroll the puff pastry and place over the top of the pie filling.
  8. Trim away any excess pastry. Crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork.
  9. 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.
  10. 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


  1. Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the leeks and cook for 5 minutes, until softened but not coloured.
  2. 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.

Homemade chips

(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


  1. 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.
  2. 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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