If there was ever an excuse to eat pies then surely this is it. It’s British Pie Week everyone, hip hip hooray! I have to confess, I’ve never actually made a pie before, it always seemed like more trouble than it’s worth but armed with a packet of puff pastry these mini pies were a piece of cake… I mean pie.
Anyway, you can make one big pie or a few little pies, I opted for mini ones this time so I could use my cute mini casserole dishes. I actually made my pie filling a few days earlier and kept it in the fridge so that when it came to assembling my pies, all I had to do was fill my dishes and top with pastry. I was pretty stunned at how well these turned out, they were super cute and utterly delicious. Jamie loved his little pie so it’s a shame he won’t get to eat one ever again. We discovered shortly after he ate his pie that he has a rather severe onion intolerance, so no more pies for Jamie.
But pies for everyone else, yay!
Mini Shallot & Mushroom Pies
Makes 2-3 individual pies or 1 big pie (serves 4). Takes 1 hour to prepare + 20 minutes to bake
250g chestnut mushrooms roughly sliced
250g portobello mushrooms roughly sliced
12 shallots whole and peeled
1 sprig of rosemary
2 bay leaves
300ml veg stock (1 vegetable stock pot)
200ml red wine (or a small bottle of 187ml)
1 Tbs plain flour
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Handful of chopped fresh parsely
Salt and pepper
Pack of ready rolled puff pastry 375g (alternatively top with mash)
1 egg beaten
Mini heart pastry cutter (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan)
2. Peel the shallots keeping them whole and then fry for 5 minutes in a knob of butter on a medium heat in a large pot until slightly golden. (I’m quite rough with my shallots, often I’ll just chop the stalks off and peel an entire layer of flesh off, its quicker.)
3. Pull out the stalks and roughly chop the mushrooms and add them to the shallots and give them a good stir. Cover with a lid and cook for a further five minutes.
4. Take off the lid and add the stock, wine, bay leaves and rosemary and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile in a separate small saucepan melt a tablespoon of butter and whisk in a heaped tablespoon of flour. Once combined stir straight into the pie filling to help thicken the sauce whilst your sauce is simmering away. (You don’t need to wait 20 minutes to add this.)
6. Once reduce add the mustard, parsely and season with salt and pepper.
7. Carefully fish out the rosemary and bay leaves and fill your pie dishes with the mixture. Top your dishes with pieces of puff pastry a little bigger than the pie dishes themselves. Crimp the pastry around the edge with your fingers or with the back of a fork (don’t worry if your pies look a bit flat and messy, they’ll look wonderful once they’re cooked). Insert a knife into the middle of your pies to allow air to escape. I like to do a cross because it’s prettier.
8. I cut the remaining pastry into heart shapes using a cutter and place them on top of my pies but this, of course, is optional.
9. Brush each pie with a bit of beaten egg and place in the oven on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes.
10. Serve with steam vegetables and mash. Good times.
If you’ve had a go at making my pies or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale email@example.com