Chicken, Leek & Camembert Pie

I was idly flicking through a trashy magazine at the hairdressers when three words leapt off the page:  Chicken.  Pie.  Camembert.

The combination of these three is a pie of such awesomeness you will make it again and again with all different flavours and combinations…  Basically it’s a pie made with a thick white sauce with layers of Camembert cheese placed under the top crust before cooking.  This melts beautifully in the filling leaving a chicken pie oozing with cheesy flavour.

It’s obviously not going to win a heart tick but it’s winner if you want to impress your guests…  If there’s too much filling for the pie – put it in the freezer and later on pop it into a Vol-Au-Vent or roll up in a pancake…  Waste nothing!

Chicken Leek & Camembert Pie 1
The finished product…

Ingredients:

Olive oil

1 kg chicken thighs trimmed of fat and cut into 2 cm pieces

120 grams butter

2 leeks thinly sliced

3 cloves of garlic grated

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

4 tablespoons plain flour

1 cup of white wine

1 ½ cups milk

2 cups of frozen peas

2 tablespoons sour cream

Salt & pepper to taste

Frozen puff pastry sheets defrosted

150 grams Camembert cheese

Sesame seeds

Method:

Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan and add the diced chicken thighs

Cook until the chicken is sealed all over and remove from pan

Place butter in pan and throw in leeks, garlic and thyme

Cook gently for about 5 minutes or until leak is softened

Add in the flour and cook for about 1 minute

Take the pan off the heat and add the white wine and combine thoroughly.

Add in the milk and place back on heat stirring to ensure mixture has no lumps and is smooth

Add the chicken and juices back in along with the peas.

Season with salt & pepper to taste

If mixture is too thick add in some more milk

Simmer for around 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked

Stir through the sour cream and set mixture aside to cool

In the meantime preheat oven to 200c fan-forced

Grease a large pie dish and line with pastry using overlapping pieces if required (follow the instructions on the pack)

Fill the pie with the cooled chicken mixture.

Lay the thinly sliced Camembert cheese over the top of the chicken filling and cover with another sheet of pastry

Pinch the outline of the pie with a fork or back of spoon to seal it and poke a couple of steam holes in the top

Baste with a beaten egg and sprinkle generously with sesame seed

Turn the oven down to 180c and bake for 35-45 minutes or until pastry is golden and cooked through

Cool the pie slightly before serving

Serve with mashed potatoes or a green salad

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

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