The leftover season is coming up. By which I mean that most of us spend the week after Christmas conjuring up interesting dishes that use up the leftovers.
A couple of weeks ago we had a family lunch and cooked a large joint of pork which resulted in plenty of leftover meat. I find it difficult to immediately think of what to do with leftover pork. I have a reasonable repertoire of dishes that make good use of leftover chicken, lamb or beef, but apart from a roast pork sandwich I was a rather stumped. I Googled “leftover pork” and came across this recipe for pork, leek and celeriac pie on the Sainsbury’s website.
Although the meat used in this recipe is pork I think it would work just as well with turkey or chicken. You could even add a few pieces of leftover stuffing to the pie mixture.
Basically, you cook some root vegetables ~ I didn’t have any celeriac but used carrot, parsnip and swede ~ fry some onions and leeks, add flour and milk to make a sauce. You add pieces of cooked pork, smother with the sauce and add a pastry lid.
The interesting bit for me was that I decided the time had come to once and for all get my act together and make a proper pastry lattice top.
By which I mean strips of pastry that weave under and over each other rather than just a layer going horizontally topped by a layer going vertically.
It was fiddly but worth it. I started by sticking a strip all the way round the edge of the pie dish. Then you add a few strips and start weaving. There are several tutorials on YouTube that show you how to do it, including this one:
The pie was delicious. Definitely tasty comfort food for this time of year and a good way to use up leftover pork and an assortment of vegetables. And don’t panic if you can’t face making a proper woven lattice on the top ~ a plain pastry lid would be just as good.
3 carrots, 1 parsnip and a piece of swede, peeled and cut into 3cm cubes
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 leek, washed and sliced
Flora Cuisine or olive oil for frying
shortcrust pastry made with 200g flour and 100g lard, Trex or similar
2 tblsp plain flour and 500ml milk to make a sauce
a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
250g (or however much you have) cubed leftover roast pork
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°fan / gas mk 6.
Put the vegetables into a pan of boiling water and cook until soft.
Meanwhile, heat the Flora Cuisine or oil in a deep frying pan or sauté pan and cook the onion and leek until soft. Sprinkle on the flour and cook for minute or so. Add the milk and stir until you have a thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Put the cooked vegetables into a pie dish and scatter over the pork. Sprinkle over the parsley and pour the sauce over the top to coat the whole mixture.
Make the pastry and roll out as usual. Cut into strips about 2-3 cm wide. Lay one strip (or two depending on how long they are) in a single layer along the rim of the dish. Press two or three more strips onto the rim and begin weaving. (See video). Continue weaving until the whole pie is covered.
Brush with beaten egg and bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling bubbling.
Serve hot with more vegetables.