Smoky gammon steaks with broad beans in a creamy sauce make for a beautifully comforting pie.
This pie is inspired by my native country, Luxembourg. If there is one token Luxembourgish dish, it must be “Judd mat Gaardebounen” (smoky gammon steaks with broad beans in a creamy sauce). Think of this pie as Luxembourgish-British fusion, a little clin d’oeil to my roots and a nod to my new homeland.
Broad Bean and Gammon Pie
Prep 30min – Oven 30min
Serves 8 – Easy
900g cooked smoked gammon*
600g tinned broad beans, drained weight
3 tsp summer savoury
750ml vegetable stock
8 tbsp corn flour
400g ready-rolled puff pastry
1 egg yolk
a dash of milk
Trim off the fatty bits from the meat, cut the meat into bite sized chunks.
Drain the broad beans, rinse under running water and put into a big saucepan together with the meat. Add the summer savoury, cover with the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
Put the corn flour into a little bowl, and once the stock is boiling, take a few spoonfuls of stock, add to the corn flour and and stir into a smooth paste. Add to the saucepan with the vegetable stock and continue cooking for a minute. Take off the heat, stir in the cream and pour into a big pie dish (approximately 30 x 20 cm).
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Butter the edges of the pie dish onto which you’ll lay the puff pastry. Trim the puff pastry so that it fits onto the edges and lay onto the pie mix. Beat the egg yolk with a dash of milk and brush over the puff pastry. Form little leaf shapes with the cut-off excess puff pastry (if there is any), and stick onto the puff pastry lid, brushing with a bit of egg yolk.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the lid has puffed up and has turned golden.
Serve with a green salad.
*If you can’t get hold of cooked gammon, follow these instructions: put the gammon into a pot of cold water and let soak overnight. Drain the gammon and top with cold water, add a bay leaf, a few cloves and two shallots (or half an onion) and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and let the meat simmer for 40 minutes. Drain and let cool down a bit before continuing with the recipe.
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