LAST NIGHT’S LEFT-OVERS (or last day before shopping day) PIE
And no. This is not a sneaky glimpse you caught of the trollop your flat mate brought home last night leaving in the morning
There is not even a recipe I can give you for this pie, just a few basic components you need to make it work…
• Puff pastry. Somewhere on your pie you should have puff pastry. Puff pastry tastes pretty damn good solo so that’s gotta be a good foundation, right. I should actually narrow the search on that last comment. Well-cooked, nicely browned puff pastry tastes great, soggy just-yellowy-brown puff tastes like shit and therefore should reside where all good shit resides… at parliament house. Or, in the toilet.
• Some kind of meat is pretty good in my books. It can be left over roast or stew or duck and pork cassoulet from the night before, or if you have something in the fridge that needs using, especially if it happens to be beef cheeks or lamb shoulder, you can braise it off and make a kick-ass pie filling (and if you have a pressure cooker you can do it in a quarter of the time).
• If you have some vegetables that need using chuck them in, just remember if you are putting them with meat that is already cooked then you will need to cook them separately first. Essentially this is to make sure they’re cooked in the pie because a pie with crunchy vegetables in it is not actually a pie. It’s a warm vegetable wrap or something silly like that.
• Got some leftover mashed potato or some potatoes you need to use or Irish friends coming over for dinner. Mashed potato is a very feasible topping for a pie. If you can get some cheese and breadcrumbs on it then it’s going to be lifted to a whole other level of specialness. And I’m not talking about rocking up in a twelve-seater bus, helmet on backwards type of special. I mean s-p-e-c-i-a-l.
• If all else fails and your pie tastes like shit (this is probably the moment where it can actually be concluded that you are not meant to be in the kitchen and all of my hard work has been wasted on you) just remember these final words of advice; Tomato sauce and pastry are a magical combination, no matter what’s inside.
• Chicken, bacon, potato and leek
• Roast lamb with vegetables, red wine and rosemary gravy. Or any combination of left over roast and the sides you had with it. And the gravy. Don’t you dare effing forget the gravy.
• Mud pie
• Beef or chicken with red wine, mushrooms and eshallots
• Sausage (from the bbq you had a few days back), tomatoes, vegetables and herbs
• Leftover curry of any description is awesome. Thai, Indian, Mexican mole, anything
• Actually, any braised dish from the night before. You’re getting the picture right?
Last night’s left-overs really are the best shit ever!