There's no denying that the weather is shivering towards the autumnal. I can't help thinking that it's still a little too early, but looking on the plus side, it means I can break out with the warming comfort food! I made a chicken pie that was exactly what was needed on a day when I didn't wear a scarf and really wished I had one!
3 cloves garlic
handful of mushrooms
4 rashers of bacon
handful of broccoli
150ml double cream
stock cube dissolved in 100ml water
olive oil for frying
a beaten egg
Very simple to make: cube the chicken into bite-size pieces and fry in a drop of oil in a large saucepan until cooked through. Set aside, chop the bacon into small pieces and fry until cooked through and slightly browned. Set it aside with the chicken. Slice the mushrooms, chop the broccoli and finely chop the onion and garlic before adding them to the pan to fry and soften for about 10 minutes. Add the cooked chicken and bacon and combine well. Add the cream and stock and stir (I added a healthy dose of black pepper at this point too) and then simmer until any liquid has thickened and reduced. Remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry (I did not make my own!) and cut strips to line the top of the ramekin, and a circle slightly bigger than the pot to go over the top. Divide the chicken filling between 4 ramekins. Wrap the strips of pastry around the top of the pot, brush with milk, and lay the circle of pastry over the top, pressing the edges together with a fork. Brush the top with egg and make a little hole with a sharp knife to let steam escape.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden. Then devour. Yum yum! I served mine with sugar snap peas. And a glass of wine :D
P.S. I looked for a recipe like this online but only found ones that were creamy chicken, or chicken and mushroom or chicken and bacon. And the more recipes I looked at, the more I wanted chicken-and-bacon-and-mushroom-and-onion-and-garlic-and-cream pie. Plus a way to use up the broccoli in the fridge.