Thursday, 11 February 2016

Ham and Leek Pastry Slices with Asda's Wonky Veg

It's Day 4 of Wonky Veg week, where we've been trying out Asda's new initiative and seeing how far we can make £3.50 worth of vegegtables stretch. You can read our initial thoughts in our First Impressions post. We still have onions, carrots, a few spuds and a lonely leek to go. I'm feeling a bit sorry for that leek, all alone in that big box, so this is his time to shine! A great excuse for a massive pie, if you ask me! It's not really a pie, it tastes like pie, but is easier to make, as you don't need to line a tin. This is my recipe for Leek and Ham slices.

A leek on a wooden chopping board
Our Lonely leek

For this recipe you will need: 
1 Leek, diced
1 Small Potato. diced
Three Slices of Ham, chopped
Around 75g of Grated Cheese
One Packet Shortcrust Pastry (I used ready-rolled)

Fry the leeks in a little butter, for five minutes until soft and starting to brown.
Boil the diced potatoes in a saucepan for around ten minutes, until soft. 
Mix the potatoes and leeks in a bowl with the ham
Roll out the pastry and divide into rectangles
(We did two huge ones, but you could make them smaller, if you prefer)
Add the mixed ingredients in the centre of the pastry rectangle, leaving plenty of edge for sealing.
Sprinkle with grated cheese

Pastry squares with ingredients to make into pastry slices

Brush all the edges with a little milk or egg
Fold half the rectangle over and pinch along the sides with finger and thumb to seal
Brush the tops with the milk or egg
Bake at 180C for about 20 minutes, until browned and crispy
And it should come out looking something like this...

A leek and ham slice, cut open to show delicious filling.

This recipe made generous portions for two people, but if you needed it to go further, you could make smaller slices and serve with chips, or mash and gravy. 

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