Sunday, 19 October 2014

Chicken Garlic Pies

NAME: _Chicken Garlic Pies

INGREDIENTS/UTENSILS:
250g chicken mince
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp dried ground sage
1/2 tsp ground fenugreek
1 small brown onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup water, more or less

qty herb and garlic butter
hot water pastry made with 500g flour
1 egg
12 small squares (8mm or so, 2mm thck) cheddar cheese.

METHOD:
Finely dice the onion, fry in a saucepan with the olive oil, once glassy, add the chicken and spices, continue to fry for around five minutes more then add the flour, breadcrumbs, and trickle in water until mixture is barely moistened. Set aside.

Roll out pastry to 2mm thick, cut to size and form cups in a muffin tin. Place a spoonful more or less of the chicken mixture into each case (should fill to the top) and then put a dollop of herb / garlic butter in each, place a square of cheese over to stop top crust falling into the garlic butter. Top each pie with a round of pastry, seal in place with beaten egg, and glaze the tops with egg.

Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes. (Until pastry tops are browned.)

SERVING:
Serve as a main course with vegetables, mashed potatoes, or what have you.

NOTES:
I wanted to make chicken garlic balls but wasn't happy with the idea of deep fried stuff, besides, where's the fun in making one's own fast food? Isn't that what one pays the fast food place to do? So these pies were born, and they filled the chicken / garlic craving nicely....

ENJOY!

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