Chicken and mushroom pie is wonderful comfort food. The flavoursome cheddar crust Nathan Outlaw employs makes this chicken and mushroom pie recipe something rather special. Serve this pie with some potatoes, wild rice or salad for a cosy mid-week meal.
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For the cheddar pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Dice the butter and lard, then rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
120g of plain flour
1 pinch of salt
30g of butter
30g of lard
Mix in the grated cheese, then add just enough of the beaten egg to bring the mixture together as a firm dough. Knead lightly and wrap the dough in cling film. Chill until required
60g of cheddar, finely grated
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook it begins to turn white. Add the mushrooms and continue to fry until the chicken is golden-brown and the mushroom have released all their moisture. Remove from the pan and set aside
2 tbsp of olive oil
3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
150g of button mushrooms
Add a touch more oil to the same pan and sweat onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Remove from the heat and set aside with the chicken and mushrooms
1 small onion
1 garlic clove
Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly until it has formed a thick smooth paste
50g of butter
2 tbsp of plain flour
In a bowl, mix the stock, milk, white pepper and salt together. Pour the liquid slowly into the flour mixture, whisking constantly on a medium heat until smooth. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened
200ml of chicken stock
white pepper to season
300ml of milk
1 pinch of salt
Stir in the parsley and chives and pour the sauce over the chicken and mushroom mixture. Mix well, then spoon into a pie dish and leave until completely cool
2 tbsp of parsley
2 tbsp of chives
Roll out the cheddar cheese pastry dough on a lightly floured surface until it is the thickness of a pound coin (around 3mm). Brush the edges of the pie dish with beaten egg, lay the pastry on top, press down the edges and trim. Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg
Make two or three slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape, then bake the pie in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown on top
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