Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Chicken & Vege Cornish Pasties

Quick easy snack, that can be frozen and reheated. You can use just about whatever you want as a filing.

What you need:

1x  pkt frozen shortcrust pastry
1/2 chicken breast
1 turnip, (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
1 potato, (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
1 carrot,  (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
1 large onion, diced
1 cup of diced mushrooms
1/2 cup of  frozen peas
2 oxo vegetables cubes
salt & pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of Tarragon  ( I love tarragon  so I tend to be a little heavy with it and probably added more than 2 tblspoons though)
Minced garlic, about 1 tablespoon also 

What to Do:

1. Cook the chicken breast in a medium pan until just cooked, remove from pan and let it rest on a clean chopping board
2. In the same pan cook the onion, mushrooms and garlic, until the onions turn clear and pick up the pan juice from the chicken. remove from pan and place in a bowl, set aside.
3. In a large pot tip in the chopped, potato,turnips,carrots and peas add a touch of olive oil and cook for a few minutes, crumble in the oxo stock cubes and give it a stir. Add a little water ( not much) just enough to stop the veges from sticking to the bottom and to create a little steam to soften the veges. Add the tarragon, salt and pepper.
4. Add back to the pot the onions and  chopped chicken, mix well . when the veges are soft turn of the heat and let the mixture cool a bit.
5.  Using a pasty cutter cut out the rounds of shortcrust pastry, brush rounds with egg, place mixture in the centre, fold in half and  press edges with a fork . ( I use my pasty cutter, one side cuts the rounds then I flip it over put the round on it put the filling in then close it and it presses the pasty for me, it makes life a little easier. the trick is not to overfill them
6. Mix the left over egg with a little milk and brush over pasties. Place on a baking sheet. Bake on 180 fan forced until golden brown  on both sides.. you will probably have to turn them over to get them evenly cooked. Enjoy!
Chicken & Vege Cornish Pasties

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