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Whenever I’m doing a fast day, I tend to feel a bit of a responsibility to dose my husband and offspring up on somemeat.

They are generally ever so good, and tend to go veggie most of the week, but as they aren’t actually vegetarian, I feel a bit unfair denying them of meat all the time!

So tonight’s meal, in accordance with the changing weather and season, is a nice hearty Chicken and Mushroom pie!

Chicken and Mushroom Pie

You will need:

1) 4 chicken breasts, or some mini fillets (doesn’t matter too much)

2) 350g puff pastry, preferably ready rolled.

3) 25g butter.

4) 200g button mushrooms, chopped in half.

5) 250g cream cheese or mascarpone (I’m using mascarpone)

6) 150ml milk.

7) 1/2 tsp mustard.

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How to make it.

1) Begin by cooking the chicken. Gently cook in a little oil in a griddle or frying pan until cooked through. Whilst it is cooking, chop the mushrooms if you haven’t already.

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2) Put the cooked chicken to one side and preheat the oven to 200c. In a large frying pan, melt the butter and cook the mushrooms over a gentle heat until soft.

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3) In a large bowl, beat the cheese with a fork until soft. Add most of the milk (save a little for brushing the pastry with!) and the mustard, and mix into a thick sauce.

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4) Chop the chicken into bite size amounts, and add to the cheese sauce, along with the mushrooms. Stir in, then pour into your pie dish. (Or casserole dish, if, like me, you don’t have a pie dish!)

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5) Roll the pastry out (if not ready rolled) on a lightly floured surface, and then cut it so it fits on top of your pie, with enough for a rolled edge. If you have any excess, make some pretty leaves (or…er…animals. My kids requested a pig and an elephant. Ahem. Not going to happen guys.)

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Feel free to snigger openly at my flower/ heap of rabbits droppings decoration.

6) Brush the remaining milk over the pastry, then pop in the oven for around 25 minutes.

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and after 25 minutes

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And…a bit of spillage!

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7) Leave to cool, then serve, with gravy and mash, or on its own; however you like! I’m serving with a few peas for a bit of greenery.

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Total Cost? About £7.00. A very pricey one this one! Mind you, without the meat, substituted for more mushrooms and Quorn pieces, it would have been £5.00. However, in fairness to the pie, there is plenty left over for tomorrow’s lunch as well.

The verdict? Very well received! DB1 polished off loads, DB2 was a bit slower off the mark but got there in the end, and OH declared that it was delicious. Hooray!

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